Acupuncture As A Treatment For Lower Back Pain


Approximately, 8 out of 10 people will experience lower back pain during their lives. When Western medicine does not provide pain relief, individuals may choose acupuncture as an complementary therapy. Acupuncture is commonly used by individuals, who experience neck and/or back pain. Many people find it effective in easing their pain.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and began around 2,500 years ago. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are about 2000 points on the body that connect to meridians, or pathways, and from these points flow qi, or energy. If the qi is blocked, it can cause an individual to be physically unwell and/or in pain.

The objective of traditional acupuncture is to restore a person’s qi, healthy energy. This is done by using inserting tiny, fine needles along points on the body, that connect to the meridians of the part of the body which is injured or hurt. The stimulation of these points corrects the imbalance of qi and improves energy flow.

Acupuncture is often also done by physiotherapist or other members of the Western medicine model. In this case, the therapist view acupuncture points as spots to stimulates nerves, muscles and connective tissue in order to promote healing. It also is thought to boost certain neurochemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin, which leads to increased relaxation. A treatment can last between 20-40 minutes.

Points to Consider Prior to Starting

Like all therapies, be sure to talk about acupuncture with a doctor before trying it. It is important to discuss acupuncture to make sure it is safe for the individual who is interested in it. There are situations in which acupuncture can exacerbate an underlying condition.

If an individual has a bleeding disorder or is on blood thinners, acupuncture needles may cause bleeding or severe bruising. If an individual has a pacemaker, acupuncture that involves applying electrical pulses to the needle, can interfere with how the pacemaker works. If you are pregnant, acupuncture could stimulate labour and increase the possibility of a premature birth.

Risk and Side Effects

There are no significant side effects associated with acupuncture, provided it is done by a trained therapist. Individuals must make sure that the therapist uses new, clean acupuncture needles each time.