Healing Back Pain and other Conditions with Acupuncture

Healing Back Pain With Accupuncture

At VacuPractor we are all about helping people with back pain. It’s what we do and we love it. To that end we share information with you about other ways to treat a sore back besides using the VacuPractor. Today we bring you some information about Acupuncture, another holistic approach to treating back pain. We think you’ll find the information helpful!

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapeutic method of treating ailments and illnesses by stimulating the bodies own natural ability to heal itself.  It’s a natural, holistic approach to wellness that is often used in conjunction with other therapies and treatments.

During an acupuncture treatment, needles are inserted into clearly defined points called acupoints. This deceptively simple therapy safely provides an astounding number and variety of benefits. When you experience an acupuncture treatment, you experience the result of thousands of years of theory and technique refinement.

A Brief History of Acupuncture

The philosophical underpinnings of acupuncture go back 8,000 years in China. In its familiar form, the therapy itself first appears in Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD) writings like the Nei Jing, Nan Jing, and texts found in the Mawangdui tombs. By the end of the third century AD, needling techniques, meridians (channels acupoints are located along), and several hundred acupoints still in use today were described.

After another 1500 years as a pillar of Chinese and other Eastern medicine, the West was introduced to acupuncture at the start of the 20th century. George Soulié de Morant, a French diplomat stationed in China, brought acupuncture home to France, and the practice began spreading around Europe. In the 1970s, media coverage and World Health Organization-sponsored study programs brought widespread attention to acupuncture in the US.

Health conditions Acupuncture may help manage:

Adverse Effects of Chemotherapy

According to WHO, acupuncture practitioners in Pennsylvania and across the world can help manage chemotherapy side effects. When using this treatment to deal with the side effects, practitioners will first perform an assessment. This allows them to understand the kind of pain you’re feeling and how you’re coping with it. The Acupuncturist will proceed to look at blocked points on your body. These points are part of a pathway where your chi (energy) travels. When an area or point is blocked, the chi will not travel properly. This leads to different health problems.

To manage pain, the practitioner places needles on the blocked points to unclog them. You may experience a slight pressure as the healthcare provider inserts the needle. You may also experience some itching, numbness, and tingling sensation. Some experts say this is a sign that the procedure has accessed the energy pathway successfully.

Migraines

With this type of headache, you can experience a pulsing sensation or extreme throbbing in one section of your head.  You may also experience sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting. Acupuncturists and other health care professionals in Devon and other cities often include acupuncture as part of the standard treatment for this condition.

Asthma

When you experience asthma, your airways swell, constrict, and produce extra mucus. This results in shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. Some patients experience relief from asthma through acupuncture.  Acupuncture is a promising treatment for different conditions. Before trying this treatment, consult your healthcare provider to make sure it is the right management of your condition.

Back pain

Eight out of ten people in the United States will suffer from back pain. Back pain is the second most common reason for missed work in the nation, and each year we spend, by conservative estimate, $50 billion on back pain. Recently the ancient Chinese medical treatment of acupuncture has been found to provide effective relief from this all-too-common ailment. Although acupuncture has always suffered a skeptical view from western science, recent studies like the one reported recently in the NY Times and Time magazine suggest that it can be an effective treatment for not only back pain, but other chronic pain as well, including migraine, neck and shoulder pain, and osteoarthritis.

A recent study on acupuncture quoted in the New York Times was conducted by Andrew Vickers, who is an epidemiologist and biostatistician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Vicker’s study was the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date and involved almost 18,000 subjects. This study also re-examined the results of previous studies, and is the largest study done on acupuncture to date. The findings indicate that acupuncture treatment is more effective than placebo in reducing chronic pain. In short, says Vickers,

“We think there’s firm evidence supporting acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.”

There are obvious benefits to using acupuncture for back pain over other some of the traditional therapies. Acupuncture carries virtually no risk of side effects as do medications and pain killers. Back surgery carries the risk of incurring many complications, so surgery is usually the treatment of last resort. Acupuncture is also a more affordable option than surgery. Additionally, since acupuncture is a holistic treatment, its patients may experience benefits seemingly unrelated to the relief of their back pain, such as reduction in symptoms of nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, and insomnia.

About Vacupractor

VacuPractor is a Class I FDA Registered Orthopedic Device for the treatment of Lower Back Pain. VacuPractor is a revolutionary new treatment device for lower back pain that may help the 26 million people that seek treatment from a doctor and the 100 million that self-medicate and self-treat. The VacuPractor is sold with a money back guarantee to relieve lower back pain, and it is proudly made in the USA.

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