Acupuncture for Back Pain

Since the earliest known medical texts in China (known as the Mawangdui Manuscripts from 168 BCE) Chinese medicine has been addressing the most common clinical presentation: back pain. As acupuncture and moxibustion became the fundamental tools of classical medicine the art and science of managing, treating, and above all preventing, back pain and discomfort has been addressed in every major medical text.

Why? Because acupuncture happens to be one of the most clinically effective non-medical interventions for the treatment of back pain: from lower, upper, to the neck. So how does acupuncture work?

There are a few ways that we can explain its efficacy in practice. From a neuro-physiological viewpoint acupuncture assist in the release of many of bodies natural pain killers (such as endorphins and serotonin) and stimulates healthy nerve sensory and motor function. From a muscular-skeletal viewpoint acupuncture can help with manipulating the various tissues, breaking up adhesions, and allowing muscle and bone to function in harmony. From the classical Chinese viewpoint acupuncture works on regulating the movement of the natural bodily substances through vessels in order to allow for smooth circulation of blood, nervous supply, and qi.

Acupuncture is a directional medicine, which means that the practitioner takes into account the individuals natural rhythms and interaction with the environments around them. The well known vessels (also translated as channels / meridians) of acupuncture practice are like a large water system made up of rivers, streams, and seas. If these happen to have sluggish movement, and obstruction, or a deficiency then pain, weakness etc will result.

Acupuncture aims at regulating the natural movement and direction of theses vessels.

David White Classical Acupuncture

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