Suffering from Back Pain
According to Acupuncture Today, back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. Consider the following:
- Back pain is one of the most frequent causes of missed workdays
- It is one of the most expensive conditions to treat in the United States
- In 1999, nearly 1 million took time away from work to treat and recover from some sort of back pain
Half of all adults will experience some form of low back pain during their life. Most back pain is muscular in nature. Muscle pain perpetrates what is known as the pain cycle, of which the back is especially vulnerable. Pain causes muscles to spasm which may distort the discs, joints, and nerves of the spine. This spasm leads to further pain, leading to further spasm, which makes the original back problem even worse. If the nerves are irritated enough, it may cause pain to radiate down the leg.
Treating Back Pain with Acupuncture
Acupuncture can play an important role in reduction or elimination of back pain and reducing recovery time and preventing a chronic condition from developing.
Research has shown that acupuncture causes the body to produce natural steroids and promote the production of natural endorphins. Steroids decrease inflammation, while endorphins are produces by the body to kill pain. Both substances can play an integral part in the breaking up of the pain cycle.
By reducing acute back pain, acupuncture may also reduce the chances of chronic back pain from occurring. It can help avoid the need for costlier and more invasive surgical procedures. And if back pain can be significantly reduced with acupuncture, it also lowers the need for painkillers or other medications that can either cause unwanted side-effects or prolong a patient’s condition.
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