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Acupuncture And Back Pain

Acupuncture And Back Pain : Everything You Always Want To Know

Back pain, especially the lower back pain is a very common chronic disease. Acupuncture, just like acupressure is an ancient Chinese physical therapy form that has numerous beneficial effects with almost zero side effects. And in those numerous side effects, acupuncture also helps to cure back pain. But how does it help? And if yes then how?

Here in this article, we are going to answer all your questions related to acupuncture and back pain.

How does acupuncture help back pain?

As mentioned above, acupuncture is an ancient Chinese physiotherapy process that has a lot of beneficial effects on the human body. The acupuncture way of treatment is based upon the various pressure points spread throughout our body and skin. Acupuncture does not cause pain or any discomfort.

Any professional acupuncturist is always going to target the Qi point of your body to start the treatment. Qi point is the pressure point in Chinese medicine. These points are also widely known as meridians.

There are some meridians or energy points in our body. Here in this article, we are only going to discuss the meridians that helps us to cure our back pain.

Some of the energy points or the Qi meridians to cure our lower back pain are:

  • Back of the knees.
  • Lower back point
  • Hip point
  • Stomach point
  • Hand point
  • Foot point

And, some of the upper back pain points are usually different; the upper back pain points are normally on the upper side of the body. These pressure points include:

  • Head point.
  • Shoulder point
  • Neck point
  • Upper back point

Some parts of our nervous system and related pain can also be cured with these pressure points. Here are some examples below.

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Post-surgery recovery
  • TMJ
  • Sciatica
  • Musculoskeletal pain

Now you know about some special pressure points in our body that help to get some relief from your back pain. But, if you are a science guy, you must be thinking ‘oh! That’s great. But is it backed by science?’

Here is the answer to your question.

Scientists are still confused about the working process of acupuncture therapy. But they still have some explanations of why acupuncture works for back pain. Science says:

  • It stimulates the nervous system: Triggering the special energy points acupuncture releases the chemicals from the spinal cord, the muscles and in our brain. Some of these chemicals may have natural pain-relieving properties.
  • It releases opioid-like chemicals: Scientists says that acupuncture may stimulate some chemicals in the body that has similar properties as pain relievers. Thus, it helps.
  • Releasing neurotransmitters: Acupuncture helps releasing neurotransmitters in our body is another theory to tell the working principle of acupuncture. Acupuncture may stimulate some that shut off the pain.
  • It may trigger some electromagnetic impulse in our body: These impulses may help to speed up the point handling of our body. Some scientists claim that acupuncture may release endorphins to cure the pain.

Whatever the reason may be, acupuncture helps to cure our back pain, and there are a lot of satisfied patients who are ready to prove that. So, consult your doctor, and you can try acupuncture to relieve your back pains forever.