Acupuncture for back pain explained through a western medicine lens
Studies show that when acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points in the body, they stimulate a nervous system response- neurochemicals including endorphins are released in the brain, triggering a ripple effect of chemical and hormone release throughout the body, that in turn affects the spinal cord and the localized soft tissues. These chemicals change the way you perceive pain and help the body regulate its internal functioning; the resulting improvement in biomechanical balance is what TCM calls balancing the Qi.
Making your body more capable of caring for itself
For all these reasons, acupuncture should be a front line treatment. It should not be a last resort, when all other pain remedies have been tried and proven ineffective. It is most effectively used as a conservative, proactive approach to dealing with back pain and dysfunction. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.