When this Qi is disturbed it becomes unbalanced and illness may result.There are a few Qi meridians that an acupuncturist may focus on for back pain.
Some acupuncture points for lower back pain for example can be in :
- back of the knees points
- foot points
- lower back points
- hand points
- hip points
- points on the abdomen
- tension headaches and migraines
- short term relief of osteoarthritis of the knee
- TMJ / temporo-mandibular joint pain
- musculo-skeletal pain
- post-surgery recovery
There are scientific principles on which acupuncture is believed to work for back pain:
- Stimulates nervous system. Trigger points stimulated by acupuncture could release chemicals from the spinal cord, muscles, and brain. Some of these could be naturally pain-relieving.
- Releases opioid-like chemicals produced in the body. Along the same lines as the theory above, acupuncture may release pain-relieving chemicals. These naturally occur in the body and have similar properties to opioid pain relievers. (Hydrocodone or morphine are examples.)
- Releases neurotransmitters. These are hormones that send messages regulating the on/off mechanisms of various nerve endings. Acupuncture may stimulate some that shut off pain.
- Triggers electromagnetic impulses in the body. These impulses can help speed the body’s way of handling pain, including the release of endorphins.
Regardless of how it works, trials on acupuncture for treating back pain show great results with very little risk of side effects.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the surface of skin there may be a sensation like a pin prick may be felt, and then the patient may experience a slight aching, or and a feeling of relaxation. However in the majority of cases there is minimal discomfort.
It is a safe procedure and therapy when practiced by a professional registered practitioner. Needles are sterile and disposable.
People who have received acupuncture sometimes report soreness, bruising, and minor bleeding at puncture sites. These issues pose little to no risk to overall health.
If you’re pregnant, certain acupuncture points could stimulate labour and delivery, so you need to inform your practitioner beforehand so alternative points can be used.
Acupuncture can be used for people using blood thinners but again the practitioner needs to be informed.
Practitioners in the UK should be registered either with British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), or the Acupuncture Association for Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) or the British Medical Society of Acupuncture (BMSA). This ensures they have received a accredited training.
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