Chronic pain is a debilitating force that robs you of your quality of life. Traditional pain medication, including prescription pain medication, often has undesirable side effects, and because it does not aid the body in healing, the condition causing the pain is not addressed, so the pain worsens. Over time it takes more and more medication, with diminished results.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing modality that originated in China. It is gaining acceptance in Western medicine because of its verified effectiveness at supporting the body’s healing ability, and managing chronic pain.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is based on the principle that life force (called Chi) travels through the body in identifiable patterns, via specific channels. Disease and pain occur when this vital energy is blocked.
Through centuries of practice, acupuncturists have identified over 300 points in the body where this energy flow can be accessed and restored to balance.
By gently inserting very fine needles at the correct strategic points, practitioners are able to release these blocks and restore the body to a state of balance.
Once this is accomplished, the body is able to heal itself more effectively, consequently reducing pain and improving the underlying condition, without the complications of surgery, or the side effects of pain medication.
What Should I expect During an Acupuncture Session for Back Pain?
You will be asked to lie down in a position that gives the practitioner access to the intended area. For back pain due to herniated disc, you will probably lie face down, but this may vary according to the preference of the healer.
The acupuncturist will insert a number of fine needles into the pressure points associated with herniated disc back pain. Most patients do not experience a sharp stabbing pain, but may experience an itching sensation, or a deep aching sensation.
The needles may be left in place for a varying period of time, but generally the time frame is about 20 minutes. Once the treatment is completed, the needles are removed and you are able to go about your day without need for recuperation, and with few side effects, if any.
How many sessions will it take?
The number of sessions required will be determined by your condition. Most patients undergo around 12 sessions on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis.