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Needles and Back Pain

When it comes to dealing with back pain, especially the day in, day out chronic kind, people seek relief in many types of alternative methods. Many turn to the East and experiment with the needles of acupuncture.

Two recent studies provide some interesting insight into this alternative treatment. A recent German study found that acupuncture treatments helped ease the pain of 47% of participants and the effects lasted through the long term. Another recent study found that random needling, meaning needles were placed in areas not recognized by Traditional Chinese Medicine as "points" for back pain relief, was nearly as effective. Forty-four percent of participants in a study performed by the Archives of Internal Medicine found long term relief after "fake" treatments. Both real acupuncture and fake acupuncture out performed conventional treatments, mostly medication, used in Western medicine. Only 27 percent of those participants using standard medical care experienced relief from the pain.

One theory is that pain messages to the brain might be blocked by the competing stimuli of the needles. Another theory is the "placebo" effect. People believe that acupuncture will help their back pain, but have little faith in Western medicine when it comes to relief.

How about you? Have you ever used acupuncture to treat pain? Tell me all about it in the comments section below.


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htiduj htiduj 9 years
accupuncture is my lifesaver. literally. 3 years ago i was pushed off a bus and two surgeries later and a strange nerve condition which means extreme chronic pain...accupuncture is the one thing that gives me relief. ive been going twice a week for over a year now, and sometimes i even do double sessions. i highly recommend it.
DrDon DrDon 9 years
I know that acupuncture works. I use it in my Centre. However, one should be cautious. After having acupuncture to relieve your pain, you should then do Rehab Exercises to strengthen the low back, so the problem does not return. Without Rehab, you run the risk of being pain free and doing too much and re-injuring the back.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I had acupressure done when I was a kid. My mom took me to a naturopath to help treat an ear infection. She taped these tiny beads to my ears in certain spots to make the "chi" flow better. It really did help. I would love to try acupuncture to see if it helps my tendonitis.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
Following back surgery, I went through 4-5 months of acupuncture to help with pain management. It really helped with the pain so long as I received the treatment every week. Once I stopped the treatment, the pain returned but it was not nearly as intense. I would definitely recommend alternative medicines to anyone dealing with chronic pain.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
I've never used acupuncture. I would be willing to try though! My mom used it for her peripheral neuropathy pain in her hands and feet and she said it really helped! The burning sensation was really eased for a noticeable 4 days and when the pain did return it wasn't as intense as before. I think that if alternative medicines work people should give them a try!
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