Proud to be a workaholic or a
multitasker? Well congratulations, you're doing great; but do you realize that
the long hours at your work desk, then driving back home in the endless
traffic, and then juggling over different household tasks can take a toll on
your back? One of these days, you're bound to wake up with a back pain,
sometimes mild if you're lucky enough, sometimes too painful to bear.
Sounds like you? Don't rely on
those minty-burning creams and gels for your back pain
provide just temporary relief, if at all. A good option would be to check out acupuncture
age old therapy arising from the roots of China, which is now being used
worldwide to treat many health conditions. So.... getting down to the basics...
What is Acupuncture?
ancient healing therapy, an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine
that involves the use of tiny, microscopic needles into certain strategic
points on the body. It aims to restore the body's balance by stimulating the
correct flow of the vital life force energy (qi) flowing through the body,
removing any possible blockages in its pathways.
Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain
Unlike the other common
approaches to treat back pain including painkillers
topical ointments etc, acupuncture is believed to produce more long-lasting
symptomatic relief. Since it also aims at restoring the body's internal
balance, it is thought to work at the root cause of the pain, not just the
Benefits of acupuncture
Acupuncture is now getting
popular, and many people in the world are using it to help treat their health
problems - minor or major. Here, we've listed below some benefits of using
acupuncture to treat your back pain.
natural - As opposed to medicinal and other treatment approaches, acupuncture
does not involve the use of drugs or chemicals to bring about pain relief.
Simply put, it's a natural and safe painkiller.
It is a
no-fuss treatment - Contrary to the presumption that acupuncture is a treatment
that 'hurts,' it is actually a fairly simple, no-fuss way to treat back pain.
So if you're tired of running around from physicians to orthopedics
second opinions and tests, try acupuncture.
on the pocket - If diagnostic tests and consultations from physicians are
burning a hole in your wallet, acupuncture may be a much cheaper option.
added benefits - It is believed that acupuncture, when used for a particular
treatment, brings with it some added benefits too. This is because it balances
the body's internal energies; curbing away any teeny-tiny health problems that
may have been nagging
you in the
back of your head, but you chose to ignore. If you've decided to use
acupuncture for your back pain, you can expect improved blood
improved skin health and a boost in your energy levels.
Side effects/ Risks of acupuncture
Getting acupuncture services from
a well-qualified, certified professional is likely to be a side-effect free
experience. However, you may experience a few undesirable effects after an
acupuncture session if you suffer from any skin infections
or if the acupuncturist uses non-sterile needles.
Also, if you're currently on medications, especially
blood thinners, you may have a chance of bleeding after an acupuncture session.
to be careful before trying acupuncture to treat back pain, as it is thought to
, and could
result in premature delivery.