If you have never suffered from lower back pain, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. If you do suffer from it, however, and haven’t tried acupuncture, you may be in for a very pleasant surprise.
Lower back pain makes it difficult to sleep and hard to get around while you’re awake. It interferes with work and recreation. Visits to a physician’s office and painkillers are often a way of life for those with chronic pain. Studies indicate back pain sufferers who eventually turn to acupuncture, wish they had done so a lot sooner. Patients we treat in our office here in Somerset have reported the same.
In 2007, a German study found that acupuncture was more successful in treating lower back pain than conventional therapy. Researchers concluded acupuncture was a desirable treatment because it had a low risk of side effects. It was only the latest of many studies that point to the success of acupuncture as a treatment for the ailment.
While advocates of Western Medicine are sometimes at odds with acupuncturists, an increasing number of physicians acknowledge that the ancient Chinese practice is an effective alternative treatment for lower back pain. As more physicians send their patients to acupuncturists, it is likely more and more lower back pain patients will find they’re sleeping better and enjoying life without an aching back.