The Lowdown on Low Back Pain
(and Other Aches)


Can acupuncture help relieve back pain?

Acupuncture can be very helpful for almost any type of pain.

Acupuncture originated in China about 3,000 years ago. It was originally based on Taoist religious teachings. Over the centuries, it evolved into a science. In China, where they also teach Western medicine, many physicians choose to specialize in acupuncture and other forms of “traditional Chinese medicine.”

Acupuncture treatment involves the precise placement of tiny needles along lines called meridians. The needles are so small that they do not cause pain. The acupuncturist uses the needles to balance the body’s own energies, called yin and yang.

A treatment takes 20 to 40 minutes. Two or three treatments per week, for several weeks, are most commonly recommended. Research has shown acupuncture to be beneficial. Since it is low risk, common sense would suggest that it be tried before more invasive treatments like surgery (if possible).

The best acupuncturists have been trained in medical schools in China. Ask about your acupuncturist’s training and experience before you begin treatment.



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