The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – the body who advises the NHS – now recommends that Gps offer a course of acupuncture as a first line of treatment for persistent non specific low back pain.
How does acupuncture help back pain?
- Needling in local areas help to stimulate nerves located in muscles and tissues, helping to ease muscle stiffness and pain which improves mobility.
- Treatment also improves flexibility and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation which aids dispersal of swelling and bruising
- Acupuncture reduces inflammation by promoting the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors
- As treatment progresses and pain levels improve, there is a significant reduction in the use of pain killers.
- Acupuncture is more effective than massage and physio sometimes for releasing tightness, stubborn knots and tension in muscles.
Arthritis Research UK: Acupuncture was found to be the most effective treatment for osteoarthritis, low back pain and fibromyalgia, based on published data from clinical trials.
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for the following musculoskeletal conditions:
Arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, buritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, muscle sprain, tendon sprain, tendonitis, trigger finger, Repetitive Strain Injury, frozen shoulder, neck, shoulder and back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow and fibromyalgia
“Following 3 differing surgical interventions on my spine and in desperation at having to keep taking high levels of pain medication, I contacted Emma.Following a course of treatment on my legs and back, levels of pain, mobility and quality of life dramatically improved and have been maintained.” M.Parry