Acupuncture holds promise to people suffering from lower back pain
If you are suffering lower back pain, then you are not alone. Lower back pain is prevalent in society. According to statistics, Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives.
The last thing you want to be is one of those 8 people!.
Approximately one quarter (1/4) of U.S. adults, reported having low-back pain lasting at least one whole day in the past three months.
7.6% reported at least one episode of severe acute low-back pain within a one-year period.
Acupuncture might sound a bit out there when you’ve seen the neurologist, the rheumatologist or physical therapist, but it can be a tremendous help in reducing pain, so you can focus on getting back into your daily routine.
4 Effects of Acupuncture on Lower Back Pain
1. Acupuncture increases the blood flow to the area of pain. The body constricts due to pain and reduces blood flow to the painful area. By increasing the blood flow to the area, it help reduce this constriction, getting nutrients into the site of injury so your muscles and surrounding tissues can heal quicker.
2. Acupuncture increases nerve flow: Increasing nerve flow through neuro-vascular nodes, it can increase nerve flow to the area of pain That means that stimulating an acupuncture point affects flow to the nerves of the body specifically to the area of pain. The acupuncture points actually connect to specific nerve pathways which can turn on or off nerves that are firing too much causing the pain.
3. Acupuncture causes the body to release pain relieving substances: . Many patients ask me, is there any medication in the needles. This underscores the misperception that many people have about acupuncture. Unlike injection therapy, acupuncture “sparks” the body to heal itself. It stimulates the body to release substances that can reduce pain and act as natural pain killers. For example, acupuncture releases neurotransmitters and anti inflammatory prostaglandins, such as substance P. It does so by stimulating the endocrine system to release these substances so the body can get out of pain. Acupuncture needles attract natural steroids of the body to repair muscle tissues.
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