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Acupuncture is Effective for Pain

Dr. Yuliya Jirnov

Acupuncture is Effective for Pain

According to German researcher, Heinz Endres, MD, "acupuncture represents a highly promising and effective treatment option for chronic back pain."
In 2007 Dr. Endres helped lead the largest study ever performed on acupuncture and the relief of many types of back pain. "Patients experienced not only reduced pain intensity, but also reported improvements in the disability that often results from back pain -- and therefore in their quality of life,” says Dr. Endres.  

If you are suffering from the debilitating effects of pain in your upper, mid or lower back, you are not alone! A 2010 study reported that low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide! While many people turn to harmful, dangerous and addictive synthetic opioid pharmaceutical drugs, such as codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone or hydrocodone to alleviate their pain, others want a more natural approach to pain treatment.

Acupuncture is a centuries old, scientifically proven form of pain relief, illness prevention and overall wellness. With acupuncture, thin needles are painlessly inserted into meridians-- energy centers of your body-- and from there, nerves send signals to the brain that certain areas of the body need immediate attention. Acupuncture facilitates the flow of nutrients, blood and oxygen through the circulatory system to nourish every cell in the body.

Acupuncture works because it stimulates the nervous system, leading to better blood and energy flow to the affected areas of your body, resulting in pain relief and improved organ function. It allows the brain to release it’s own painkillers, also called opioids, but these of the natural variety, to shut down the pain signal and stop pain in it’s tracks.

Acupuncture stimulates the natural ability of your body to heal itself. This ancient oriental medical technique is effective to treat both acute and chronic pain in people of all different ages. In addition to back pain, Acupuncture is effective for other types of pain including neck, shoulder, head, sciatica, knee, elbow, arm, and leg pain.  Pain relief can be realized in just one session, though for best results, multiple treatments are required to achieve a long lasting effect. If you are looking for a natural solution to treat your health problems without drugs, surgery or side effects, try acupuncture today.  

Now that you know how to treat your back pain through acupuncture, here are 7 tips to keep that pain at bay and prevent future problems.  

• Exercise regularly.
• Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
• Maintain proper posture.
• Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
• Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
• Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
• Warm up or stretch before exercising or physical activities, such as gardening.
• Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.


Dr. Yuliya Jirnov, DOM, LAc.


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