Acupuncture for Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common conditions that people seek the help of health care professionals for. Roughly 80% of individuals will suffer from some form of back pain in life. Back pain is a widespread problem that leads to the loss of productive work hours and the inability to engage in fun physical activities. Conventional treatments include pain killers, steroid injections, and surgery. Although these therapies can be effective for treating back pain, they often produce unwanted side effects or only provide temporary symptoms relief.


Acupuncture is a natural therapy that effectively treats both acute and chronic back pain without invasive procedures. Throughout history, this treatment has proven to be one of the most reliable for alleviating pain. With a history spanning thousands of years, acupuncture's continued popularity as a pain treatment speaks to its effectiveness and safety. Unlike conventional therapies, acupuncture offers a safe and effective way to treat back pain without causing downtime or notable side effects. The main side effects of acupuncture treatment are usually a sense of deep relaxation and better sleep.


Traditional Chinese Medicine classified pain differently than the Western Medicine. According to TCM, the body comprises meridians, or natural pathways of energy. When meridians become blocked through overuse, bad posture, trauma, poor lifestyle habits, sickness, pain, then dysfunction occurs. If nothing is done to correct the blockage, the pain issue endures, and the body progresses into a state of imbalance. Acupuncture can be used to release these blockages in the energy channels and restore balance to the body. Once the balance is restored to the body, acupuncture is no longer necessary and may only be used occasionally for maintenance and fine-tuning.


While Western Science does not seem to support the idea of energy pathways, or meridians, in the body, it does provide some theories as to how and why acupuncture works. Some theories suggest that acupuncture may treat pain by affecting the brain and the nervous system. By causing the body to release biochemicals that disrupt pain signals and promote a healing response in the areas of injury, acupuncture takes advantage of the body's own ability to heal itself. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that 60% of patients treated with acupuncture experienced meaningful improvements in dysfunction versus just 39% of those patients treated with more conventional therapies.