Back Pain & Pain Management
There is strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic lower back pain. A review of 16 systematic reviews found that acupuncture alone, or when added to usual care, provided short-term improvement in pain and function for chronic low back pain and hence should be advocated in routine clinical practice (1).
When we asses you we will ask you -
Is there sharp or dull pain?
What aggravates the pain?
Do you suffer from IBS or constipation?
Does heat help reduce the pain?
(1) Liu L, Skinner M, McDonough S, Mabire L, Baxter GD. Acupuncture for low back pain: an overview of
systematic reviews. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:328196.
How does Acupuncture treat pain
Many patients seek out acupuncture in an attempt to manage their chronic pain. In cases where NSAIDS have stopped working or where cortisone injections and other therapies have not been effective you should consult your GP to ascertain if it may help or call the clinic.
Once we have asked you some diagnostic questions we will use Acupuncture and lifestyle advise to help manage the pain. Some of the Acupuncture points will be located at the site of the pain and then some of the points will be located at seemingly odd areas. The reasons we use acupuncture points away from the lower back are because the meridians that assist with pain management starts at the legs. Often we will feel for any sore areas on your legs as a way of finding a specific point to help with pain relief.