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.