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Acupuncture For Back Pain

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine and is widely understood as a non-traditional treatment option for back pain. An increasing number of patients, physicians and other health professionals are turning towards acupuncture treatment as a means to reduce the back and neck pain.

The philosophy behind acupuncture is that the body contains patterns of energy flow. The vital energy of the body is referred to as 'qi' and its proper flow is necessary to maintain good health. The acupuncture theory is that there are over 2000 points in the human body that connect with 20 pathways or meridians which circulate qi throughout the body.

Working of acupuncture
In an acupuncture treatment session, around 1 to 20 FDA-approved (Food and Drug Administration approved) metallic needles are inserted in to the body, just breaking the surface up to 1 or several inches. Longer acupuncture needles are inserted in to the areas of deeper muscles, under the skin or even scalp depending upon the required depth and penetration. Acupuncture needles are then left in for about 15 to 30 minutes. In some cases needles are warmed or electrically charged after insertion. Electrical acupuncture can be used with needles or non-penetrating probe. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin (about 20 times thinner than a typical hypodermic needle used for injections).

These needles are solid and do not remove tissue as would occur with a hypodermic needle. Some practitioners also use moxibustion and burn it on needles during insertion. This is often used as a herb compound. This acupuncture technique is beneficial in relieving low back pain and many other conditions.

However there are a few guidelines that should be kept in mind regarding acupuncture:

Get an approval from a reputable source like health care practitioner- Many physicians may refer their patients to a licensed acupuncture practitioner as they know the benefits of this technique.

Carry out research about acupuncturer's background and qualifications- It is important to know the qualifications and background of your acupuncturer to gain authenticity and best of the treatment.

Consider cost and benefits- It is good to inquire about success rate of acupuncture and probability of achieving desired levels of pain relief.

Acupuncture treatment is safe and very beneficial for back pain relief. Normally an acupuncture program would include around 3 to 10 sessions, each lasting for one hour. The cost of each session depends upon the practitioner and local market conditions.

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