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Getting Back To Health

Getting Back To health

skeletal back pain
As a leading cause of disability(1) and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness, lower back pain is estimated to cost the UK economy over £12 billion per year(2).

In the UK the condition is responsible for 37% of all chronic pain in men and 44% in women(3) but in a bid to cope with the condition, a study by the British Acupuncture Council has revealed that 74% of people use painkillers as a quick fix to relieve discomfort.

Painkillers often mask the problem and don’t address many of the underlying causes of lower back pain. Many back pain sufferers are understandably sick and tired of being continuously on medication. Traditional acupuncture can potentially reduce the need for the long-term use of medications without the side effects often attributed to some pharmaceutical drugs. With traditional acupuncture we look at the root of the condition as well as the symptoms in order to try and promote longer term health and wellbeing. Many of our patients find the therapy extremely beneficial.

Traditional acupuncture treatments are tailored to you, which means each patient is treated as a unique individual so the acupuncture points chosen for one person with lower back pain may be different for another person with the same symptoms. This bespoke style is one of the key reasons traditional acupuncture is so effective as it’s not a one-size fits all approach.

By stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, traditional acupuncture helps release “happy” hormones including endorphins and oxytocin, which are the body’s own natural pain-relieving hormones. These hormones can change the way the body processes pain, helping to reduce discomfort and distress.

Traditional acupuncture has also been shown to reduce inflammation and swelling by stimulating blood flow to the affected area and dispersing excess fluids to promote healing and aid recovery. Many patients find that even after one session of traditional acupuncture their movement and mobility will be improved and their muscles don’t feel as stiff. The number of sessions needed will depend on each individual and whether their pain is chronic or not.

1) Newton JN, Briggs ADM, Murray CJL, Dicker D, Foreman KJ, Wang H, et al. Changes in health in England, with analysis by English regions and areas of deprivation, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 2015;386(10010):2257–74.

2) The economic burden of back pain in the UK

3) Health survey for England 2011