Acupuncture for Chronic Back Pain Providence, RI
For too many years now, acupuncture has gotten a bad rap. It has been called everything from witchcraft to alternative medicine. Too many people just the thought of someone sticking needles in their back to help relieve their chronic lower back pain is enough to send them scurrying for a more “reputable” treatment.
However, in recent years, it has been discovered that acupuncture is helping patients with chronic lower back pain find relief when nothing else can. Read on below for some of the reasons that acupuncture just might be the right course of action for you.
What is Chronic Back Pain?
This type of back pain is said to be the hardest thing to treat in the entire medical field. This is a pain that will not go away and can affect the way you move, your work, and even your very quality of life.
If is estimated that one in every 100 Americans will suffer from this type of lower back pain in their lifetimes.
What are the Statistics?
This form of alternative medicine has become quite popular in the United States and in Europe. It is also said to be a short-term relief for chronic back pain and many people swear by it. After 33 different studies, this fact remains and the practice is becoming more popular than ever.
What is Acupuncture?
Many people scoff at acupuncture because they have no idea what it is. In reality, it involves stimulating sensitive points on the body with very thin metallic needles. These needles are not pushed into the body, but, in fact, are placed under the skin of the lower back to bring about relief from the chronic pain.
This practice has been used by the Chinese for centuries with great results from everything from stress to the lower back pain we are speaking of here.
What is Chronic Lower Back Pain?
Chronic lower back pain is the type of pain that never really goes away. It can be caused by a wide variety of problems. Some of these are listed below:
• The large roots that run from the lower back to the legs can become inflamed and irritated causing pain
• The small nerves that run through the lower back can become irritated
• The erector spine may be strained and weak
• Your ligaments, bones and joints can be damaged causing severe pain that won’t go away
• You may have a lumbar disc that is disintegrating
Regardless of the reason that you have this type of chronic pain in your back, acupuncture has proven time and time again to be a treatment that helps to relieve the pain for a time, making it possible for patients to live normal fulfilling lives.
Choose Your Acupuncturist Wisely
Now that you know an acupuncturist can help your lower back pain, it is time to find a reputable one. The best thing to do is read reviews, get references, and do your research before making any type of a decision.
Talking to friends, family, and even any coworkers that have had acupuncture done is the first step in making sure you get the right person for the job.
Although, most of the people who practice acupuncture are reputable, you will run across fakes just as you will in any type of medicine. It is best to ensure that the one you choose is reputable, above-board, and truly able to help you.
These are just a few of the things you need to know about acupuncture and what it can do for the chronic pain in your lower back. Do your research and determine if it is the right choice for you.
Scoliosis, Chronic Back and Neck Pain, Arthritis
I have had back pain for approximately 40 years. I have 2 severe curves in my spine and when Dr. Tad told me he could straighten my spine I thought I had nothing to lose and gave acupuncture and herbs a try.
I had previously undergone 3 back surgeries as a teen. I had learned to live with the discomfort.
Since my acupuncture treatments my pain has gone from a 9 to a 1 and the curve on the upper part of my back has become more straight. My energy level has increased as well.
Dr. Tad and his wonderful staff are amazing! Life is good!
— Stephanie Rennard, Lincoln, RI
Lower Back Pain, Stenosis
My lower back pain limited my activities on most days and especially during times of “flare ups”. I was taking muscle relaxers, pain medications and anti-inflammatory medication. All the medication did was makes me feel drowsy and nauseous.
During the summer of 2008, my daughter-in-law recommended Dr. Tad because she had experienced pain relief with Dr. Tad and his acupuncture treatments. After five months of frequent treatments, the pain diminished considerably. Now I am in my second year of maintenance and I am feeling great! We have continued with the strengthening and wellness phase which results with 99% pain free days. I am active again but still cautious and careful.
Dr. Tad has brought me to the level of being pain free!
— David Bradford, North Dartmouth MA
Lower Back Pain, Leg Pain, Spinal Stenosis, Neuropathy
The conditions affected my life because they were annoying and I couldn’t live my life to its full potential.
Acupuncture has helped me have less pain all over and it has reduced my blood pressure.
I believe the treatment has helped. I still have some minor pain but overall the severe pain I was feeling has gone down considerably.
I believe Chinese Medicine to be very helpful in my overall wellbeing.
— George Bolton, Barrington, RI
Lower Back Pain
I was having difficulty standing/sitting for long periods of time, difficulty tying my shoes and not energetic due to everything hurting all the time.
Since starting acupuncture, I am very relaxed, I have more energy and the constant pain is gone.
Overall, my day to day pain has dropped dramatically.
— Jim Mulligan, Cranston, RI