It’s estimated that nearly 8 out of 10 people will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives, so it’s little surprise it’s one of the main reasons that people seek medical treatment. It’s also the number one reason that people turn to Acupuncture. And for good reason.
Here are the main ways in which acupuncture can help a person with chronic lower back pain.
Provides Pain Relief
Acupuncture focuses on points throughout the body that are believed to be strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. The needles stimulate the nerves in muscles and other tissues, which leads to the release and flow of endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller. It also triggers the release of natural opioids – chemicals in the brain that have an analgesic effect – which also helps with pain reduction.
Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to trauma or injury and it’s also painful, especially in lower backs. Acupuncture decreases pain caused by inflammation by stimulating the body’s pituitary gland, which leads to the release of cortisol, a naturally occurring hormone that reduces inflammation.
Changes Brain Chemistry
Acupuncture alters the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in the brain. Neurotransmitters play a direct role in the sensation of pain, by stimulating or dampening nerve impulses, while neurohormones affect the function and activity of an organs or organs.
Improves Muscle Stiffness & Joint Mobility
Acupuncture aids the dispersal of swelling and bruising around an area of trauma by improving the local microcirculation.
Complements Conventional Treatments
When used alongside other conventional treatments for lower back pain – such as a rehabilitation exercise programme involving physical activity, posture improvement, stretching, muscle strengthening and movement – acupuncture improves the overall outcome.
Lower back pain is debilitating and can affect all areas of your life. Acupuncture is widely acknowledged by the medical profession to be an excellent treatment for lower back pain, both used independently and alongside other treatments such as an exercise programme.