ACUPUNCTURE FOR LOW BACK & SCIATIC PAIN
Back pain is one of the main health concerns people seek medical treatment. More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.1 Arthritis or back pain produced the largest amounts of lost productive time-
There have been many studies showing the efficacy of using acupuncture for lower back pain. In a systematic review of seven studies, acupuncture is more clinically effective in pain relief and functional improvement than no treatment at short-term follow-up.3 In regards to sciatic pain, a systematic study showed results that the acupuncture group experienced a significantly greater reduction in pain intensity than those who received conventional medication.4
Acupuncture has been used for over 3,000 years to treat many types of pain including lower back and sciatic pain. Your acupuncturist will treat both locally at the site of pain and distally (away from site) of pain. A popular combination of points are Large Intestine 4 on the hand with Liver 3 on the foot. Other point combinations are Urinary Bladder 40 at the back of the knee with Urinary Bladder 60 at the outside of the ankles. A popular point for sciatica is Gallbladder 30 which is close to the center of the buttock.These points reduce pain and inflammation and bring blood flow to local areas of pain.
It is best to get treated within several days to a week of experiencing pain so that it does not become chronic. Please contact your acupuncturist if pain persists for more than 1 week.
1 National Centers for Health Statistics, Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2006, Special Feature: Pain.
2 American Productivity Audit, 2001-2002, telephone survey of health and work of 28,902 working adults
3 Acupuncture for Low Back Pain: An Overview of Systematic Reviews, Lizhou Liu, Margot Skinner, et al. Evid. Based Complement Alternat Medicine, 2015
4 The Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment on Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Mei Ji, Xiaoxia Wang, et al. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015
Sharon McDermott, L.Ac.
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