Back pain is one of the most common reasons people have to take sick leave and also go and
see a health care provider. It has been estimated that up to 80% of the world's population
will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
One of the top causes of back pain are sprains, caused by overstretching one or more
ligaments in the back and strains, a rip or a tear in the muscle caused by a sudden force. All
of these can happen from injury, poor posture and improper lifting.
Another cause of back pain can be caused from a herniated disc in the spine, which means
that the disc bulges out from its place between the two vertebrae. And we cannot forget to mention Sciatica which is another form of back pain. You will know you have sciatica when you have pain that radiates down into the buttocks and leg. What is
happening is a large nerve in the lumbar spine called the sciatic nerve has been irritated.
This can happen from sprains, strains, herniated discs and even in some cases pregnancy.
So how can Acupuncture help you with your back pain?
The use of acupuncture to treat back pain has increased dramatically in the past few
decades. This is thanks to placebo-controlled studies that have validated that Acupuncture
is a reliable method of pain relief.
The results of a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain provide further proof
that acupuncture is a safe and effective procedure for low-back pain, and that it can maintain positive outcomes for long periods of time without producing the negative side effects that often accompany more traditional back pain remedies.
In a Swedish hospital study with patients who experienced chronic low back pain, doctors
concluded that acupuncture provided long term pain relief. They also observed improvement in activity levels, better sleep, and consumption of significantly fewer analgesics for the acupuncture group as compared with the group receiving a placebo
When you attend for a treatment, Acupuncture needles are placed into the skin to stimulate
pathways that travel through peripheral nerves to the spinal cord and brain. This causes your
body's natural pain killers, called endorphins to increase along with other chemicals in your
body to change, unblocking trapped energy and restoring its flow.
We would like to offer Meath Coaster readers a 20% discount on their first back treatment.
This offer is valid for the whole month of September, just mention this article on booking
As always, if you would like to get relief from your back pain, we'd be happy to tell you more
and answer any questions you may have.
Go on you deserve to be
pain free and full of life, so why not give Acupuncture a try!
Niamh Muldowney, owner, Anam Mai Acupuncture