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Acupuncture for the Relief of Back Pain and Sciatica

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For the prompt relief of the symptoms of sciatica and back pain, acupuncture Bellingham is one of the best treatments around.  For these two ailments, acupuncture is more or less a very effective treatment for their symptoms but not considered a cure for them.

Acupuncture is known worldwide and is considered a uniquely Chinese modality.  It has been practiced in China and other parts of the Far East for several millennia and has successfully treated innumerable conditions throughout the ages.  Its treatment procedure is simple; sterile filiform needles are inserted into specific parts of the body by an acupuncturist to generate a therapeutic effect. Acupuncture points or sometimes called acupoints are often hard to locate and it takes training and experience to locate and identify them.  Traditional Chinese medicine associates the acupoints to the principles of yin and yang; a theory which explains the mechanics of the treatment. Western medical science, however, is more inclined to believe that the needles inserted in the skin help relieve pain by stimulating the body to activate its own pain relieving mechanisms.

As mentioned acupuncture is not a cure for back pain and sciatica.  However, it is no doubt quite effective in relieving the body of many kinds of back related problems. The relief that acupuncture gives is significantly more long lasting than those given by prescription pain medications.  Moreover, prescription drugs for pain relief need to be taken many times a day to prolong the pain relief.  Acupuncture gives a more qualitative relief than prescription medications and has absolutely no addicting effect on the patient.

Acupuncture also gives the body a chance to heal itself unlike pain medications. There are many cases wherein regular acupuncture for back pain and sciatica has had a tremendous effect on the body that the painful symptoms have permanently went away from those patients.  It is important to note that not all patients will experience this outcome.

Hygiene and safety should be important factors for the proper application of acupuncture. Sterile, single use and disposable needles should only be used to prevent cross infection.  The needles used are as thin a human hair and non-hollow and under the hands of a licensed and well-trained acupuncturist, the needles do not elicit any painful sensations when they are inserted into the skin.

Clinical tests done throughout several decades have proved that acupuncture does indeed relieve the painful symptoms of back pain and sciatica.  A lot of mainstream physicians have now accepted acupuncture as a feasible option for various kinds of ailments.  In fact, many of them have trained to practice this medical art to become acupuncturists themselves.  Not every ailment or disorder is treatable with acupuncture.  A slipped disc, for example, is more a specialty disorder for chiropractors than for acupuncturists.  Always consult with one’s physician first before trying out acupuncture.

Written by Valerie

December 31st, 2011 at 11:46 pm