Back pain (especially lower back pain) is a common chronic pain issue. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese physical therapy that has become a popular and well-researched method for managing this pain.
Acupuncture is a traditional therapy based on the idea of energetics in the body. Treatment consists of inserting needles at various pressure points on the body and through the skin. They are not meant to cause pain, harm, or discomfort. A professional acupuncturist will target energy (or “qi” in Chinese medicine) points for treatment. These are also called meridians, with some being of special benefit to pained nerves and muscles in the back. There are a few qi meridians that an acupuncturist may focus on for back pain.
Some acupuncture points for lower back pain are:
- back of the knees points
- foot points
- lower back points
- hand points
- hip points
- stomach points
Points for upper back pain (also called thoracic back pain) are usually different. These are found on the head, neck, shoulders, and upper back.
By stimulating these points, parts of the nervous system are also stimulated to relieve pain. Acupuncture can also provide pain relief for other similar neuromuscular issues for which there may not be too many successful pain remedy options.
This article was originally posted on healthline.com