Back pain is a common problem that many people will suffer from at some point in their life. Back pain can be triggered by factors such as bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly or lifting incorrectly. Although most cases improve within a few weeks or months, more serious injuries can cause long-term and recurring pain.
Some individuals can also suffer from sciatica, when the sciatic nerve that runs from the back of the pelvis to the feet is compressed or irritated. Cases of sciatica can range from very mild to very painful, with pain caused by even slight movements such as coughing or sneezing. Sciatica can go away on its own however some cases can result in chronic and long lasting pain for the individual.
Treatments for back pain and sciatica can vary depending on the severity, the duration of the pain and the individual treatment needs. Painkillers are usually self-administered for sufferers and although this provides a short-term cure for mild cases, severe cases may not be helped by medication and therefore other alternative treatments should be investigated.
For many years acupuncture has been used for the treatment of back pain and sciatica, with many patients seeing an improvement. Several studies have examined the efficacy of acupuncture for back pain and found clinical results that suggest that deep stimulation had significant effects on the simulation of polymodal receptors, resulting in stronger pain relief.
Acupuncture can also reduce inflammation by promoting the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors and has been seen to be effective when used alongside conventional treatments such as physiotherapy.
Acupuncture therapy may also help the treatment of sciatica by helping the muscles stay relaxed and in turn help the body to heal itself. Acupuncture can also help by stimulating certain points that reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, helping to relieve the pain.
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