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How does acupuncture work?

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

How acupuncture helps back 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. Needles are not meant to cause pain, harm, or discomfort. Acupuncture targets energy (or "qi" in Chinese medicine) points for treatment. These are also called meridians, with some being of special benefit to painful nerves and muscles in the back. There are a few qi meridians that acupuncture focuses in 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 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 from other similar neuromuscular issues for which there may not be too many pain remedy options.

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