Back Pain and Acupuncture in Brisbane

I see many many patients with some form of back pain in my clinic. Not all from the same cause and not all presenting in exactly the same way,  but all of them giving grief to the patient.

We have many tools at our disposal to treat back pain. Most often we’ll use acupuncture , cupping, massage and liniments within the same session. It’s likely too, that you’ll be left to relax on the table with an heat lamp over the area.

So why do we use acupuncture for back pain? In simple terms, when there is pain in the body we see this pain as a representation of something that is ‘stuck’ or stagnant. Stagnation is the enemy. We’re designed to move, so when something is stuck it signals to us with pain that something needs to be moved!!

Acupuncture, massage and cupping are the three tools we use which help to resolve this stagnation. Kind of like clearing the road from debris so that the traffic can move freely again.

I offer support whether you’ve ‘jiggered’ your back from a vigorous weekend footy game or you’ve just spent too long at the computer. I’m always happy to work along with your current health provider, be they an Osteopath, Physio or Doctor.  Our Acupuncture and Massage Clinic is easy to find in Stafford on the Northside Brisbane. We have ample free street parking. Both Laura and myself have long careers in health and pride ourselves on giving the best complementary health care possible.

Acupuncture for low back pain has been given some positive press lately – the Acupuncture Evidence project has confirmed what we have seen int he clinic for a long time, that acupuncture can be used as an effective therapy for back pain (1).

The following piece of research  from the Journal of Chinese Medicine is an interesting piece reflecting our clinical experience in relation to back pain and how acupuncture treatments can help reduce return visits to other physicians during treatment. The Amercian College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline has released its guidelines on the treatment of lower back pain – acupuncture was included within these guidelines (2).

 

“Acupuncture reduces cost of back pain”

“Patients with low-back pain (LBP) are less likely to visit physicians for LBP after receiving acupuncture treatment, leading to reduced healthcare spending on LBP. In a case control study carried out in Canada, 201 cases in which LBP was treated with acupuncture were compared with 804 controls.  Each acupuncture group case was matched with four comparison cases from the general population with LBP, based on gender and age. The number of physician visits for the one-year period post-acupuncture decreased 49% for the acupuncture group, compared with the one-year period pre-acupuncture. In the comparison group, there was a decrease of 2% in physician visits for the same time periods. The of cost LBP-related physician services showed corresponding decreases, declining by 37% for the acupuncture group and 1% for the comparison group. (Reduced health resource use after acupuncture for low-back pain. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Nov;17(11):1015-9).”

( http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/back/1/  viewed September 2012 )

“Acupressure effective for lower back pain”

A Taiwanese study randomly assigned 146 chronic lower back pain patients to receive either standard physical therapy or fifteen-minute acupressure treatments (six treatments over four weeks for both groups). At the end of the  study, the average pain scores had decreased from 9.29 (baseline) to 2.28 in the acupressure group and from 7.68 to 5.13 in the physical therapy group. Interestingly this study also revealed what is becoming increasingly frequently uncovered in research studies, namely that the benefits of the acupressure treatment mounted over time after completion of the study period.  At a six-month follow up, the pain score in the acupressure group had further decreased to 1.08, compared to a decrease to 3.15 in the physical therapy group. (Preventive Medicine, Vol. 39, 2004, pp. 168-76).”

( http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/back/1/ viewed September 2012 )

 

References:

  1.  McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

     2. Ann Intern Med. 2017. DOI: 10.7326/M16-2367. American College of Physicians Guidelines 

 

 

 

 

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