is one of the most common health problems plaguing people all over the
world, resulting in mounting expenses in healthcare and decreasing
productivity on a yearly basis. Conventional therapies include yoga and
other simpler physical exercise such as stretching, hot packs and ice
packs, ultrasound and radiation therapy, anti-inflammatory and analgesic
medications, or complete bed rest in acute conditions. However, most of
these therapies are not effective, especially if the
or chronic. Moreover, prolonged use of pain relieving drugs can also
lead to ulcers and gastritis, and can damage liver cells in the long
So, what is the way out? There is one modality that is far more
effective than all these aforesaid therapies of back pain and yet much
more cost-effective acupuncture. In a recent study it has been
observed that acupuncture relieves chronic backache and lower back pain
more effectively and in a more lasting way than any of the commonly
known orthopedic treatments.
An alternative medicament of Eastern origin having a history of more
than 4,000 years, acupuncture has been known to cure many diseases to
which conventional modalities had no answers. It involves insertion of
fine needles in specific parts of the body known as pressure points and
manipulating them to reduce inflammation and pain.
At the molecular level, acupuncture
releases certain nature pain-relieving molecules inside the human body.
This natural pain relievers known as endorphins or adenosine is
otherwise synthesized in the body in response to an injury and helps
numbing the hurt area partly by blocking nerve signals transmitting the
sensation of pain.
It has been found that endorphin level in the body tissues surrounding
the areas of acupuncture needle insertion increases significantly during
treatment. This helps in reducing backache and the associated discomfort
in the lower pelvic zone and limbs.
Acupuncture, unlike it is conjectured otherwise is not a modality based
on sheer belief. This ancient medicament has physiological basics and
works by manipulating pressure points of the body. So there is no reason
to flout it as just another alternative therapy which as no scientific
base as such.
However, like any other conventional treatments, acupuncture does not
yield the same result in all backache patients, even when they have the
some kind of lower back pain. But as it often provides satisfactory and
transitory back pain relief, acupuncture is often included in many types
of modern pain management schedules.
So, if you are suffering from chronic backache for a long time, and
looking for an effective cure, do go to your physician but at the same
time, do consider the option of acupuncture as well. This alternative
medicament works wonder if stuck to for a considerable period of time.