According to statistics, 150 million Americans suffer from acute or chronic low back pain. Common causes include:
lack of regular exercise
herniated intervertebral discs
Medication is often used to manage lower back pain, but provides limited relief and is accompanied by undesirable side effects such as liver damage, gastrointestinal bleeding, heart damage, and addiction.
Acupuncture will work with your body to treat back pain naturally, without side effects.
Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain
Acupuncture activates the central nervous system, changing how the body responds to pain and reducing its debilitating effects as well as encouraging nerve regeneration. It also increases microcirculation, decreasing inflammation associated with muscle strain and disc herniations. By improving blood flow to the strained and painful areas of the back, healing can occur more rapidly and naturally.
Due to the varied nature of back injuries, different acupuncture points, procedures, and lengths of treatment may be needed to relieve pain. Standard acupuncture applied for lumbar strain had a total effective rate of 87.1% in one study, with these patients experiencing reduced pain frequency and intensity, increased range of motion, and improved neurological testing.
Electro-acupuncture, where a weak electric current is passed through the needles to constantly stimulate them, is particularly effective at treating back pain. Electro-acupuncture can get to the root of the most stubborn pain by increasing the production of anti-inflammatory cells and tissue-repairing collagen even more than standard acupuncture.
In clinical study, electro-acupuncture for lumbar strain had a a 93.3% effective rate. 23.3% of patients experienced no back pain for 2 years after acupuncture treatment.
For lumbar herniations, studies have shown acupuncture to have an 85% effective rate. Participants experienced significant reduction of leg, back, and waist pain, significant lumbar motor function improvement, and improved results with the straight leg test.
When starting acupuncture for back pain, a minimum of 12 treatments is recommended in clinical studies by licensed Chinese medicine practitioners.
Don't just manage your symptoms with painkillers or surgery! Let acupuncture relieve your pain while helping you to heal naturally. Call us at (321) 972-2940 to schedule your initial health consultation today.
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