Lower back pain is estimated to cost the UK economy over £12 billion per year and is one of the main reasons for work-related sickness. In the UK the condition is responsible for 37% of all chronic pain in men and 44% in women. A study by the British Acupuncture Council has revealed that 74% of people use painkillers as a quick fix to relieve discomfort.
Unfortunately painkillers only mask your symptoms, they don’t actually treat the cause of the pain, so when the effects of the pills wear off the pain often returns.
With Traditional acupuncture the root of the condition is addressed as well as the symptoms, this usually results in more long term benefits rather than just a quick fix.
Acupuncture also has very few if any unwanted side effects, unlike a lot of painkillers which many people can not tolerate or perhaps take due to already taking other prescription medicines.
Traditional acupuncture works by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues leading to the release of our “happy” hormones including endorphins and oxytocin, which are the body’s own natural pain-relieving hormones. These hormones can change the way the body processes pain, helping to reduce discomfort and distress.
Traditional acupuncture has also been shown to reduce inflammation and swelling by stimulating blood flow to the affected area and dispersing excess fluids to promote healing and aid recovery.
So if you are unfortunate enough to experience back pain, why not try some acupuncture rather than resorting to the medicine cabinet.
Justine Oliver – October 2016