You probably have a big question: can acupuncture help to relieve back pain? On this page, you will find information about using acupuncture as a back-pain relief. codeine and weed How does an acupuncture treatment go about and does it really work for back pain? These are some of the questions that will get answered if you keep on reading. You will also find four acupuncture points you can stimulate yourself to relieve pain in the back.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that uses thin needles inserted in different points of the body. Acupuncture is one of the most tested treatments that humankind knows of. Acupuncture is thousands of years old, but it didn’t arrive in the west until the 17th Century. People were very skeptic for this treatment at that time but acupuncture has in recent years become more and more accepted.
Does acupuncture work for back pain?
Many studies have been done on the effects of acupuncture in cases of back pain. In a study done at the University of Maryland concluded that acupuncture works as a pain relief for back pain. The study compared the results of many different studies done on acupuncture and back pain. The results were very clear, acupuncture was proven to work for back pain. Another study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain showed that acupuncture gives positive effects in cases of lower back pain for six months or more. More studies have even shown that acupuncture is better than medication when treating back pain.
If doctors can’t explain your condition, or perhaps they say that “there is nothing wrong with you” or “You’ll have to learn how to live with it.” then acupuncture might be something worth trying. People sometimes call acupuncture “voodoo” as it’s a bit mystical and they don’t know how it works.
Traditional Chinese Medicine where acupuncture is used sees different on health than western health philosophies. Health in TCM is explained as a balance between the two forces Yin and Yang. Pain according to TCM appears when this balance become disrupted and life energy becomes blocked in the many energy meridians of the body. Acupuncture is a method for restoring the balance between Yin and Yang and to remove the energy blocks.
The meridians run throughout the entire body from top to toe and they are connected to every organ and structure in the body. This way an acupuncturist can stimulate a meridian or point in one area of the body and get an effect in another part of the body. Two or more points with different characteristics can also be stimulated simultaneously to bring out a third characteristic. The great number of acupuncture points with many combinations makes the acupuncture profession an art.
How does a acupuncture treatment work?
An acupuncturist takes advantage of the body’s own ability to heal itself. Working with the needles improves the flow of life energy, chi, prana (this energy has many names in different traditions) and increases blood circulation.
The needles are not sharp, they have rounded tips so that they can glide past tissues and muscle fibers easily. That’s one of the reasons why the needles cause little or no pain when they are inserted. Pain can be felt from the points that the needles have been inserted in but this is generally built up and previously blocked energy that’s being released.
The acupuncturist usually begins by asking you about your symptoms and the problems that you are having. Questions about your medical history and if you have a known medical problem in your family are also common. You usually describe your overall health along with energy levels, sleep, appetite, and bladder and bowel movements.
The practitioner begins to feel pulses on each of your wrists. Some practitioners feel the pulse in the legs as well but this varies depending where you go. The pulses are an indication of what needs to be done and where the practitioner needs to put the needles in order to restore the flow of chi in the body. Some acupuncturists will burn Chinese herbs in conjunction with the needles. It’s also common that an acupuncturist uses electrical impulses attached to the needles. This is to increase the effect of the treatment.
A treatment takes about 60 – 120 minutes and you are not suppose to do anything other than relax and let the needles work. The acupuncturist will give you an estimate on how many treatments that are required to fix your problem. Sometimes it’s enough with one or two treatments while in some cases you need more. Make sure that the practitioner is licensed and that he/she uses disposable needles. This is regulated by the FDA and every practitioner should use disposable needles.
Four Useful points for relieving back pain
The following acupuncture points have been proved to relieve pain in the back when stimulated. The cause for back pain can be located elsewhere in the body than the back. This because how the energy meridians is connected to each other. You can stimulate the following points by pressing your finger at the location or gently massage it.
- GB-34 Yang Ling Quan for treating sciatica and to strengthen tendons of the body. This point is located on the outside of the left calf. You can press or massage this point with your fingers. Look at the picture below to find GB-34 Yang Ling Quan.
(Photo credit: http://www.acuxo.com/meridianPictures.asp?point=GB34&meridian=Gall+Bladder)
- SI-3 Hou Xi for back and neck pain. This is a point located on the outside on the base of the pinkie finger on the left hand. Stimulate this point to relieve neck and lumbar pain. Look at the pic below to locate it.
- BL-62 Shen Mai for back pain. This point is located on the outside of the left heel and pressing this point activates pain relief in the lumbar section of the spine. Look at the photo below to find it.
- BL-40 Wei Zhong. This is a point located in the crease in the back of the knee. By massaging or pressing this point you strengthen the lumbar part of the back and strengthen the knees. It’s a also a point for pain relief in the lumbar section of the spine. Look at the pic below.
How to find an acupuncturist in your area?
If you have decided that you want to give acupuncture a try but don’t know where to start, then follow this advice. There is a great site that list available acupuncturists in your country and city. Be sure to call or email the practice that you find for more information about prices, location, certification, etc.