The back pain is one of the most common causes of going tothe doctor’s or visiting the pharmacy and seeking for an advice. All around theworld, and in the United States, people need some time off work and somemedications to solve their back pain problem.
The most common locations of back pain are lower back painand the pain at the base of the neck.
What Causes Back Pain
Back pain might be caused by a variety of medical conditions.It could exist on its sown, when a patient experiences only back pain or it can becombined with some other symptoms. In some cases, the reason for the back paincan be a health issue located on completely different part of the body. However,because of the transmission of painful impulses via nervous system, the paincould be transferred and felt at the back.
It is estimated that 50% of adult people is experiencingback pain during their life. This is not a surprising fact, because the uprightposition of the human body puts pressure on the spine all human life and affects themuscles supporting the spine as well. Accidents, diseases, excessive physicalactivity or working and poor posture only add to the potential back problems,leading to the back pain.
First of all, we should explain a bit more about the backpain. It is said to be muscle pain in nature and exists as a pain cycle. Pain patientfeels leads to muscle spasm, and that spasm may cause distortion of spinaldiscs, joints and nerves, causing even more pain. Then again, more pain causeseven more spasms, and so on, progressively increasing the amount of painpatients been suffering from. If the pain and spasms become very frequent andsevere, they might provoke transmission of the pain into the leg.
Acupuncture is proven to help many people relieving andcuring their back pain. However, it might not work for every single patient,and you should consult your acupuncturist before the start of the treatment, tobe informed about the procedure and expected recovery time.
In general, acupuncture treatments are more frequent and lastlonger if the back pain is a chronic condition. Some acupuncturist will treat theback pain with few needles on one spot, and others will stack bunch of needles ondifferent parts of the body. The treatment will depend on the severity andcauses of the back pain.
Acupuncture can help to relieve the pain, by enhancing theproduction of natural pain killers (endorphins) and natural anti-inflammatorysubstances (steroids). The treatment will therefore reduce the need for themedications, and lead to fewer side effects because of that. It is known thatpeople using acupuncture to treat the back pain need less time to completelyrecover. Also, these patients less often suffer from occurring chronic back pain.These treatments also reduce the possibility to undergo some invasive andexpensive surgical procedures.
Acute back pain sufferers usually recover after 3 to 12weeks, but for those who suffer from chronic back pain the recovery is not so easy or simple.