Back pain is one of those looming threats that can keep us up at night. Even slight back pain can be debilitating and hard to work around, especially for people working labor intensive jobs. It’s a valid worry: an estimated 80 percent of people in America will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. With work, fun, and even relaxation at stake, it’s great to know there are options to deal with chronic back pain and discomfort.
Acupuncture is an option that a lot of people turn to for pain relief. While it’s a well-known practice, a lot of people are often confused by myths and rumors surrounding the history and procedures. This sometimes complicates the decision to turn to acupuncture for pain management. We’ve compiled five things you may not have known about acupuncture to help you see the big picture:
While back pain is the first problem that comes to mind when people envision acupuncture, it’s known to provide help in many areas, including:
While the list is non-exhaustive and constantly growing, it’s important to note that acupuncture can provide relief and ease for many types of chronic pain.
In 2012, results were released from a study by The National Institutes of Health (the study took place over half a decade) to see once and for all if the practice could legitimately ease chronic pain. The study involved the files of nearly 18,000 patients and a team of almost medical professionals from around the world. It was discovered that acupuncture indeed provides significant relief in the areas of chronic pain (including back, neck and shoulder pain), migraines, and arthritis.
To ensure a safe and healthy practice, the FDA monitors the needles used in acupuncture. They must be labeled as one use only, sterilized properly and biocompatible. This helps to ensure that acupuncturists are using safe and sterile needles on patients at all times.
Putting one’s pain and suffering (and the diminishing of both) into the hands of another person is a huge risk. Acupuncture depends on trust between the acupuncturist and the patient. A skilled acupuncturist is necessary to develop a growing and healthy relationship and ensure effectiveness. This is why it’s so important to choose a knowledgeable, friendly professional to handle the task.
For children suffering from stomach aches, headaches, and other conditions that can keep them home from school too often, acupuncture can provide much needed relief. The number of families turning to acupuncture for pain alleviation has been rising steadily over the past decade. Acupuncture can help kids with sleeping better, feeling more relaxed, and lowering their pain. This means less missed days at school and overall better mental state.
Acupuncture is a preferred way to deal with a variety of pain and issues for many people in the world. It’s a practice that involves the mind, body, and soul, and it continues to push forward as the world changes.