Life in the big city can be quite strenuous. Whether its running for a cab, walking with the family or just the rigors of daily life, your body is nearly always in motion. Life can put stress and strain on a person’s back.
Lower back pain can affect anyone. In fact, some eight out of every ten people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. It is also one of the most common reasons for people to seek out a NYC chiropractor. Luckily, back pain is an aliment that responds well to acupuncture.
Pain Killers Not Always Effective
For many sufferers of lower back pain, traditional treatments like medical pain killer pills and pain control patches will not be completely effective. Back pain is not a simple ache. It stems from a combination of muscles, bones and cartilage that have become inflamed and irritated. A person’s mental state often plays into it. Stress and aggravation can lead to greater level of back pain due to tight and tense muscles. A better treatment is called for.
Thinking Outside the Box
The use of acupuncture and a chiropractic regime can help realign the spine and muscles to relieve pain. And, it is proven to be more effective for many people. A review of 22 recent studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture on lower back pain showed that participants all felt short term relief from their suffering.
These studies showed that it was not simply a placebo effect; those who received ‘sham’ treatments had less improvement and for less time then those who received the real treatments. Interestingly enough, the ‘sham’ treatment performed with toothpicks was even more effective than pain killer medications! As a result, both the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society heartily recommend alternative treatments such as acupuncture for the treatment of lower back pain in patients who are receiving little or no relief from traditional pain management medications.
Your Body’s Energy and Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a treatment system that has been practiced in China for well over 2,500 years. It focuses on the flow of energy through the body. Pain is a form of blockage in the flow of this energy. This energy, or Qi, flows through pathways in the body. There are some 2,000 points on the body where the energy can be affected. An acupuncturist can gently insert thin small needles into these points to correct and affect the flow of energy.
While science has not found direct evidence of such an energy as Qi, it has found plenty of proof that these treatments are very effective for many aches and pains, back pain in particular.
Modern science believes that the early Chinese may have stumbled on an ingenious way to directly stimulate the body’s own systems of healing and pain relief. The needles, expertly placed along nerves and muscles, alter the body’s own chemistry and increase the release of natural opiods. These body chemicals help to ease away pain. The body will also release endorphins, which awake the body’s own healing mechanisms and numb nerves.
Whether it is Qi or endorphins, these time honored treatments work. Dr. Philip Trigiani and his caring staff can help you find relief from your lower back pain with skilled acupuncture and caring chiropractic treatments.