Acupuncture for Back Pain and Many Other Conditions
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine and has been used consistently for more than 2,000 years. Acupuncture influences energy channels ormeridians that run throughout the entire body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, these energy meridians flow through the body in regular patterns and nourish all the organs and tissues. There are 12 major channels flowing through the body and branching off into 365 mapped acupuncture points (currently recognized by the World Health Organization). In Chinese medicine, the flow of energy through these meridians is called the Qi (pronounced “chi”), and the movement of qi helps to balance yin and yang (hot or cold properties), balance an excess or deficiency in the body, and nourish the internal organs.
When the flow of the Qi is blocked or constrained, the internal organs and tissues fall out of balance. By needling one of the acupuncture points, the Qi is drawn out through the acupuncture point, unblocking the obstruction. In this manner proper flow of energy is restored. Each of the 12 major energy pathways connects to different organs and tissues. Hitting the right points and bringing the energy flow back into balance can help alleviate a whole host of ailments.
Modern Science Behind Acupuncture
Recent scientific evidence has confirmed that acupuncture has a direct and immediate physiological effect. By stimulating the acupuncture points, the nervous system releases chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals help decrease inflammation, alleviate pain, and trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones that may restore balance to the body's hormonal system and overall biochemistry. These benefits make acupuncture an excellent treatment for back pain. The effectiveness of acupuncture and the above mentioned scientific studies confirm the existence of a strong energy component in the human body.
“There is a lot of research to show that different neurotransmitters are released in the brain and those have different effects throughout the body, including pain reduction and reducing inflammation,” says Dr. Brian Berman, director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine and a professor of family medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Placebo studies, conducted at major universities, that demostrated that the effects of acupuncture are real, and that they can last for as long as two years.
What Conditions Can Acupuncture Be Used For?
The clinical evidence surrounding acupuncture is even more compelling. A vast number of clinical studies have shown acupuncture to be helpful for a variety of conditions. Many of these conditions include:
*Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful for these conditions in clinical studies.
If you're suffering from any of the conditions listed above, our acupuncture treatments may help you. At Whole-Body Medicine, we incorporate a number of acupuncture techniques. We begin by taking a thorough patient history. We look at the patient's symptoms, and how the patient's body functions. This detailed evaluation of the person will help determine which acupuncture points should be addressed. If you would like to learn more about acupuncture and the 'Whole-Body' approach,please speak with one of our highly trained staff members.
If you have specific questions about acupuncture for back pain or acupuncture treatment for any condition, please contact us today!