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Did you know that almost eight out of ten people will have lower back pain at some point in their lives? You may be one of them. One of the most common reasons people will visit a doctor is for back pain.
Research suggests that acupuncture may be effective in treating lower back pain. If you are suffering from chronic lower back issues and are looking for relief, acupuncture may be for you. Read on to learn what acupuncture is and how it may help relieve your suffering.
Why Try Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat various ailments. Recently, acupuncture has been used to help relieve symptoms of chronic conditions like lower back pain.
Acupuncture uses tiny needles inserted into specific points on the body, referred to as acupuncture points or trigger points. Chinese medicine believes the body contains more than 2,000 of these points. When these points get stimulated, they release endorphins which have a pain-killing effect.
These points, linked by meridians or passageways, allow an energy flow known as Qi (pronounced “chee”) to move between them. Specialists believe stimulating these areas will increase the Qi flow of energy and balance. Acupuncture practitioners suggest this may lessen pain. It may also enhance the health of chronic pain sufferers.
In a nutshell, the belief is that the central nervous system gets stimulated while using needles. Thus, triggering the release of chemicals into the spinal cord, muscles, and brain, achieving pain relief. The released substances may influence how pain feels or cause physical changes that enhance well-being.
Trigger Points and Acupoints
A muscle’s fascia, or a taut band within the muscle tissue, is where you locate trigger points. In contrast to an acupoint found in a channel or meridian passage, a trigger point is a point in a band of muscular tissue.
The musculature’s frame of reference for trigger points and the Eastern medical model’s frame of reference for acupoints are the same. The most effective use of trigger points may be in acute or chronic pain management, such as in the lower back.
Repeated Sessions Give the Best Results
As with injections or other therapies, acupuncture doesn’t have a single-use effect. Scheduling regular appointments with an acupuncture practitioner are best to maximize your results. Since the body can heal itself, the adjustments made by the needles need repeating for the results to last.
Acupuncture May Be the Answer for You
Acupuncture for lower back pain works for many patients needing relief from their chronic discomfort. But, finding the right acupuncture clinic can be difficult. We can help.
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Meet Our Expert: Deborah Farley
Founder of Acupuncture Works,LLC in Lynchburg Virginia. Deborah is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.).
She is also licensed by the State of Florida as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM). Deborah is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s Degree of Professional Health Sciences.