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Why Acupuncture is Good For Your Back Pain

By: Phineas Gray
Category : Health and Medical
January 14, 2013

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Back pain is one of the most common symptoms seen in daily lives as according to a study, four out of five adults suffer from this symptom at least once in their lifetime. However, it doesn’t mean that there is no solution to overcome this medical problem. One of the most chosen treatments for back pain is acupuncture.


Originated in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture has been widely known as the best alternative option for all medical problems, including your back pain.


When hearing about acupuncture for back pain, you will imagine how scary the method is. Well, actually it is not as scary as you imagine. In order to stimulate and manipulate the flow of energy in the parts of the body, sterilized and tiny needles are used. Some acupuncturists sometimes use electricity in the needles or combine the treatment by burning traditional Chinese herbs. It is actually not painful. Acupuncture treatment may vary from one practitioner to another. The needles are put on your body parts from 5 to 20 minutes. The entire treatment usually lasts for about 30 minutes.


You may be surprised that acunpuncture treatment for back pain is also centered in other parts of body such as neck or feet. It is because of the fact that the energy flow from other parts of the body may severely affect pain felt in our low back. It is also not surprising that, when given acupuncture treatment for your back pain, other problematic parts of the body may also be cured or feel a certain kind of relief.


What causes back pain? There are many factors that cause low back pain. Torn muscles (as a result of over strecthing), poor body posture, incorrect lifting as well as injury are said to be the main causes of low back pain. One of the most common back problems (which is considered very painful) is a herniated disc. This is the condition when spinal starts losing its elasticity and then ruptures (known as disc bulge). Acupuncture can be a very effective treatment for this type of back problem.


Another common back problem is radicular pain (sciatica). This is caused by the pressure on the sciatic nerve and this condition can be very painful and prevent you from doing your daily chores. Make sure you consult your phyisician before taking acupuncture for your sciatica as treatment does not always focus on your problematic area. The energy flow may boost from other parts of your body such as neck and feet.


Back sprain is also one of the most common back problems found in daily lives. The main cause of this problem is bad body posture while doing daily tasks such as improper lifting of heavy objects. Acupuncture can be the best option to reduce your back sprain problem and improve your movement.