Acupuncture For Back Pain
Michelle Blum has two decades of Acupuncture experience operating from her Moorooka, Brisbane South based clinic. Over this time, Michelle has helped many individuals presenting with upper back pain, chronic lower back pain, acute lower back pain, neck pain, and general back muscle pain.
ACUPUNCTURE: AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN
Acupuncture has increasingly become a common 'go to' for people suffering from conditions characterised by pain. In particular, it has become a highly accepted and recommended treatment for back pain. This is predominantly due to the compelling body of evidence demonstrating the benefits of Acupuncture for this condition.
The types of back pain that can be treated with Acupuncture include:
- Chronic lower back pain
- Acute lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Upper back pain
- Sciatic pain
- General back pain
In 2017, the Acupuncture Evidence Project was carried out by two prominent Brisbane Acupuncturists which aimed to review all of the literature relating to Acupuncture and its effectiveness in treating specific conditions.
117 conditions were reviewed in total and each condition was grouped into one of the following:- a high level of evidence demonstrating effectiveness; a medium level of evidence showing effectiveness and insufficient evidence to suggest effectiveness.
Of all the back pain conditions reviewed, Acupuncture for chronic low back pain was said to have a very high level of evidence available.
Acupuncture for acute low back pain as well as neck pain was found to have a medium level of evidence showing effectiveness.
For further information about the Acupuncture Evidence Project click here.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR BACK PAIN
Did you know that in the US, the first line of treatment for back pain, recommended by The American College of Physicians, Medicare/Medicaid, the Joint Commission and the American Medical Association, is Acupuncture ?
These guidelines apply to both acute and chronic back pain, which should be considered before interventions such as steroid injections, local anaesthetics, surgery and strong opioid medications.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR CHRONIC BACK PAIN (LOWER)
Here in Australia, in 2014 the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners stated that Acupuncture should be considered as a safe, evidence based treatment option for lower back pain.
Of all the conditions for which Acupuncture research has been carried out, it was determined by the authors of the Acupuncture Evidence Project, that there is very strong level of evidence for Acupuncture and chronic lower back pain.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR ACUTE LOWER BACK PAIN
There is a moderate level of evidence that demonstrates Acupuncture's effectiveness in treating acute lower back pain according to the Acupuncture Evidence Project.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR UPPER BACK PAIN
ACUPUNCTURE FOR NECK PAIN
There is a moderate level of evidence that supports acupuncture's effectiveness in treating neck pain according to the Acupuncture Evidence Project which was formulated in 2017.
A more recent study found that low level laser therapy reduced acute neck pain and improved the extension of the neck (tilting head up towards the ceiling) in subjects