Acupuncture for Back Pain
At some point in our lives 85% of us (Canadians) will experience back pain.
Whether it’s caused by arthritis, injury, long days hunched over a computer or some other trigger, back pain can severely limit your activities and ability to work.
Fortunately, back pain doesn’t have to make your life miserable. There are actions you can take to reduce or eliminate the pain. Acupuncture is one of the solutions we employ at Equilibrium.
Acupuncture is especially effective for the relief of chronic and acute back pain, and offers long-lasting results with no side effects.
How does it work?
Acupuncture, like most Eastern medicine, is all about keeping the body in balance. The insertion of hair-thin needles into the skin at specific points around the body opens energy channels and allows the qi, or life force, to flow freely.
Pain is a result of a blocked or impaired flow of energy. When the channels are in balance, a deeper healing takes place, which eases back pain and lessons recovery time. And by reducing acute back pain, acupuncture may also reduce the chances of chronic back pain from occurring
Is it proven?
Yes! Research from international teams of experts shows that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, and may be a better option than conventional medication.
One study in particular, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, compiled the results of 29 studies involving nearly 18,000 participants. Some had acupuncture, some had “sham” acupuncture, and some didn’t have acupuncture at all. Overall, acupuncture was found to relieve pain by about 50%. But beyond that, the researchers determined that acupuncture is a reasonable referral option for doctors with patients suffering from chronic pain.
Does it hurt?
No, acupuncture is virtually pain free. If you do feel the needle, it’s comparable to a mosquito bite.
Who can benefit from acupuncture for back pain?
Most back pain occurs between the ages of 25 and 60. And it”s especially prevalent in the 40s. But back pain can affect anyone at any time—as mentioned above, around 8 out of 10 Canadians will experience back pain over the course of our lives.
Acupuncture is for anyone who wants to return to his or her healthy, active life. Treatment is safe, effective and painless, and doesn’t have any side effects. It’s a natural alternative to conventional therapies that will result in not only reduced back pain, but also lasting health and wellness.