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Acupunture For Back Pain
Research carried out in 2002 indicated that almost 80% of the world’s population would suffer form some kind of back pain, with lower back pain being the most common type. In addition to the high rate of incidence, back pain is also known to have a high rate of re-ocurrence in patients. With patients trying every type of over the counter painkillers to gain some temporary relief from back pain, Acupuncture comes as a welcome change. A growing number of researches have been able to establish a connection between acupuncture and relief from back pain-especially sciatica. Sciatica refers to a type of back pain in which the pain radiates from the buttocks down the legs. Sometimes, sciatica pain can also be a consequence of a muscle spasm impinging on the sciatica nerve. Acupuncture can be effectively used to alleviate muscle spasms. The results are almost immediate and can provide relief within minutes. Back pain is generally caused because muscles that are not frequently exercised and stretched are suddenly put to excessive use. Acupuncture is used to improve blood circulation to the entire lumbar region and spinal cord. It relaxes paraspinal muscles and provides relief from muscle spasms. The increased blood flow provides greater nourishment to the discs and increases the elasticity and strengthens the spinal cord. Thus, acupuncture can be extremely effective in reducing back pain symptoms. It is important to remember that different patients respond differently to acupuncture sessions and it can take anywhere between 4-12 sessions to really feel the difference.
Acupuncture For Arthritis
Acupuncture is natural remedy for arthritis which is now becoming more prevalent for its proven effectiveness in permanent treatment of pain, a very important feature when one is already living with arthritis, a rheumatoid disease characterized by it's trademark stiffness and pain. Along with the estimated thirty million North Americans who have tried acupuncture, acupuncture has been used for generations in Asia to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain sufferers, like arthritis patients, for instance. According to therapeutic philosophy, pain is the result of a blockage of one of life's essential energies, generally referred to as Qi or Chi. Stimulating certain points will put the flow of qui back in balance again, thus alleviating chronic pain in the process. During acupuncture therapy, very thin needles are inserted into precise point in the skin, these points are known as acupoints. It is these acupoints that may have the biggest influence on the connection between treating arthritis with the use of the acupuncture therapy. Acupuncture practitioners can combine needle treatment with herbs and natural prescription along with nutritional advice on making lifestyle changes at the conclusion of a session.
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