It is estimated that as many as 85% of the population experiences back pain at some point in their lives. Each year this problem costs the NHS around £500m and causes a staggering loss of 50 million working days.
Scientists have recently found that acupuncture can provide significantly more relief from lower back pain than any other conventional therapy. The Chinese needle treatment was 74% more likely to lead to a sustained reduction in pain or improved ability to function normally than medication and other forms of treatment.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Traditional acupuncture is based on the principle that our health depends on the balanced functioning of the body’s energy, known as Qi. When we are in perfect health all the energy runs harmoniously throughout our body. When an illness arises the flow of energy becomes disturbed and this can manifest in a diverse array of symptoms. Using very fine needles acupuncture aims to correct the flow of energy and by doing this the symptoms will be resolved.
TREATING BACK PAIN
As a qualified Physiotherapist I initially carry out a thorough objective assessment to find out the root cause of the pain. This involves assessing the individual’s signs and symptoms, movement patterns and posture. From these findings the most effective form of treatment will be chosen, whether it be exercises, postural correction, massage, back mobilisations, acupuncture or a combination of them all.
‘Acupuncture is very effective at treating back pain. During an acupuncture treatment I massage and palpate to find the most painful areas that are causing the pain and then treat it accordingly. I will look to see what acupuncture channels have been affected and then treat further along the channel to stimulate the movement of qi and blood away from the affected area. Acupuncture works very well and the results are often immediate.’
To book an appointment with Natural Practices’ Chartered Physiotherapist and Registered Acupuncturist,
Christie Lewis MCSP BSc HPC AACP,
Call 01625 549000.