Back Pain Affecting Your Productivity? See a Naturopathic Doctor for Acupuncture
Back Pain and Conventional Treatment
Back pain can affect your life in many ways – from missing days at work to affecting relationships in your life. Approximately four in five adults between the ages of 30 and 50 experience low back pain. Conventional treatments such as muscle relaxants, NSAIDs and Tylenol come with a slew of unpleasant side-effects without getting to the root of the problem.
Have You Tried Acupuncture for Back Pain?
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for low back pain, providing a significant reduction in pain intensity compared to sham acupuncture and improves function. In comparison to conventional treatments, acupuncture provides greater pain relief without all the side-effects! (Chou et al. 2017)
How Does Acupuncture Work?
There are over 3o0 acupuncture points throughout the body, mostly located in small depressions in the skin. Hair-thin sterile steel acupuncture needles are inserted into acupuncture points to affect pain nerve fibers, as well as to invigorate the function of muscles, blood vessels, glands and organs.
Insertion of the needles goes unnoticed by some, and to others feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, ache, warmth or heaviness. Needles remain in place for 15 – 20 minutes. Some notice a relief of the symptoms or feel more energetic in the days that follow treatment. Most people are pleased to find that sessions are not uncomfortable and even look forward to them. Apart from relieving pain, acupuncture may also be helpful for stress reduction, head aches, abnormal menstrual cycles and menopausal hot flashes.
In my practice, I see acupuncture giving patients back their freedom of playing pain-free with their grand-kids again and returning to work.
To discover if acupuncture may be helpful for you, call the Madison Clinic at 416-222-8235 to book a FREE 15 minute consultation.
2. Chou R, Deyo R, Friedly J, Skelly A, Hashimoto R, Weimer M, et al. Nonpharmacologic Therapies for Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review for an American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 14 February 2017] doi: 10.7326/M16-2459