Many people can cope with the odd niggle or fleeting pain however, when it begins to affect your normal daily activities such as doing your job, looking after children or enjoying exercise or sport, it’s time to do something about it. The good news is there are many modern clinical studies which support the use of acupuncture for aches and particularly its effectiveness in reducing pain. A Western study carried out at the University of Michigan Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Centre in May 2009, found that acupuncture is able to affect the brain’s ability to reduce and regulate pain. Therefore acupuncture can be an effective solution.
Acupuncture for back pain
Back pain is very common: 8 in 10 out of us will experience back pain in our lifetime. We can experience back pain at any age but more commonly over the age of 35. Episodes of back pain can be short-lived or can stay with us for a lifetime.
The back is very complex involving ligaments, bones, joints, muscles, tendons and nerves, therefore it’s no surprise why so many people suffer or are likely to suffer with back pain. There are many things we can do to help ourselves like taking care of our posture and doing regular exercise. Acupuncture may help to reduce pain and increase blood flow to the affected area. This relaxes the muscles, reducing any tension and dealing with inflammation.
Acupuncture for Sciatica
Sciatica is a syndrome which involves nerve root impingement and/or inflammation. Sciatic pain maybe felt radiating down the back of the thigh, leg or on the outside of the thigh or leg, both types can radiate down as far as the foot. In addition to pain, symptoms can include numbness, prickling and/or even burning.
Who is acupuncture suitable for?
Acupuncture is suitable for all ages; including babies, children and the elderly. It is a holistic therapy that aims to treat the root of a condition and can be used alongside conventional medicine.
Advice on acupuncture for aches and pains
For more information on acupuncture for aches and pains, contact Maria for advice on your condition or book a consultation using the Contact Form.
These are other techniques which may be used to complement acupuncture:
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is a dried herb. This herb is burnt to heat needles or used directly used on acupuncture points on the skin. Moxibustion has an influence on qi (energy) in the body and has the ability to circulate qi and blood and warm any cold conditions.
A vacuum is created in a special glass cup which is then placed onto the skin, usually the back. This therapy is designed to increase circulation, relieve muscle tightness and tension.
Clips are attached to needles and these connect to an electro-acupuncture machine which produces very tiny electrical currents. This therapy may have a long lasting effect on pain and inflammation.