Back pain affects more than 1.1 million people at all ages in the UK with 95% of patients suffering from lower back pain problems. Lower back pain is caused not by serious damage or disease, but by sprains from over stretching, muscle strains caused by sudden movements, minor injuries, or a pinched or irritated nerve. It can also occur during pregnancy, or because of stress, viral infection or a kidney infection.
Sciatica is another form of back pain which extends down into the lower half of the body including the leg. This comes from an irritation of a larger nerve in the lumbar spine called the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can accompany sprains, strains, herniated discs and other forms of back pain.
Back pain is highly treatable with acupuncture and having been used traditionally for 2000 years, proved to be a very effective technique to relieve pain. Chinese acupuncture works in an entirely different way to western medicine, better than conventional treatment. Unlike western medicine where there are a few variations of treatment for different types of back pain, Chinese acupuncture looks further into the causes, problems and the person effected by the pain to determine which of the vast amount of therapy techniques to use to help alleviate pain. It is not just as simple as looking at the symptoms but also a case of examining why these symptoms arose initially. As a result Chinese acupuncture treats the person not just the illness.
Acupuncture helps back pain by:
- providing pain relief, stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins to change the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord
- Increasing local microcirculation to improve muscle stiffness and joint mobility. This helps to reduce swelling and bruising.
- promotes release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors to reduce inflammation
- reduces need of medication for pain
- Improves the outcome of other conventional treatments such as rehabilitation exercises.