At Rose Acupuncture, the most common health complaint is back pain. There are many options to treat back pain, including chiropractic, massage, and physical therapy. However, acupuncture, by itself, can be very effective. Acupuncture is a good choice especially if you have acute back pain (pain of less than three months) from strains, sprains, or disk issues.
Here is why: When we put in acupuncture needles, tiny nerve bundles are stimulated that send messages to the spinal cord. The messages then go to the brain and the brain decides what to do. The brain increases blood flow to the painful area. With the increased blood comes oxygen. Along with the blood, the brain tells the body to release a chemical called Enkephalin. Enkephalins have strong pain-killing properties. These three things happen simultaneously and pain relief begins. With the acupuncture style I practice, distal acupuncture, this can happen within a few seconds. Recent patients have used the word “amazing” when they notice how quickly the pain has decreased, and in some cases disappear.
The decrease or total elimination of pain happens with most of my patients. Within a few visits, most acute back pain can be gone and stay gone. The objective of acupuncture, in cases of acute back pain, is to wake up the brain and remind it what to do. Your body does the rest the work, all by itself. This is the beauty of acupuncture.
Amazingly, the same works for those with chronic pain.
For most of us, our body has everything it needs to heal itself; it just needs a reminder.
If you or someone you know is suffering from back pain, acupuncture is a first line treatment.