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Low Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention .Acupuncture responds very well to low back pain from many causes such as, a slipped disc, muscle spasms, disintegrating discs, herniated discs, arthritis, kidney disease, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances in women during their periods, stress-related or residual pain following an operation. Most back pain is muscular in nature. Muscle pain perpetuates what is known as the pain cycle, a phenomenon of which the back is particularly susceptible. In the pain cycle, pain causes a muscle to spasm, which may distort the discs, joints and nerves of the spine. This spasm leads to further pain, leading to further spasm, which compounds the original problem. If the nerves are irritated enough, it may cause pain to radiate down into the leg, similar to pain experienced via a herniated disc.
In most cases, people who experience an episode of acute back pain will recover in 3-12 weeks. For those who don't recover, however, chronic back pain can be a significant source of inconvenience and suffering.
Acupuncture often works when other methods fail. It is not uncommon for back surgery to be prevented. Acupuncture is a good supplement to other ongoing medical practices such as chiropractic, physical therapy, and drug therapy. Acupuncture can play an important role in the reduction or elimination of back pain by reducing recovery time and preventing a chronic condition from developing. Acupuncture can decrease inflammation and break up of the pain cycle.