If you’re suffering with back pain then your not alone!
It affects millions of people every year. According to an NHS study 7.6 millions work days were lost in 2010-2011. What a waste!
You really don’t need to suffer in silence as there is so much that can be done to help you.
Acupuncture can help enormously and there is substantial research to show it’s significantly better than no treatment and also at least as good, if not better than, standard medical care for back pain (Yuan 2008, Furlan 2008).
I struggled with lower back pain on and off for over ten years with occasional ‘attacks’ when I was barely able to move, my GP dispensed painkillers and my osteopath offered temporary relief. I was worried as the attacks were getting more frequent.
I was amazed at the results of six brief acupuncture sessions; two years on I have had no more ‘attacks’ and very little general pain. The sessions themselves were pleasant and relaxing – I often drifted off to sleep. I have no hesitation in recommending Amanda and would use her again.
Acupuncture can help relieve back pain by:
- stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987, Zhao 2008).
- reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kavoussi 2007, Zijlstra 2003).
- improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling.
- causing a transient change in sciatic nerve blood flow, including circulation to the cauda equine and nerve root. This response is eliminated or attenuated by administration of atropine, indicating that it occurs mainly via cholinergic nerves (Inoue 2008).
- influencing the neurotrophic factor signalling system, which is important in neuropathic pain (Dong 2006).
- increasing levels of serotonin and noradrenaline, which can help reduce pain and speed nerve repair (Wang 2005).
- improving the conductive parameters of the sciatic nerve (Zhang 2005).
- promoting regeneration of the sciatic nerve (La 2005)
I can’t thank Amanda enough, the treatment I received on my lower back really did make a difference, thankfully after acupuncture I was able to go on my business trip.
I had thought I might be forced to cancel which would have been a real problem due to the terrible pain I was in.