Acupuncture for back pain in Dublin
Is back pain affecting your life?
You are not alone! A survey carried in 2012 revealed that 68% of the Irish people taking part suffered from back back pain at least once a week. And it is estimated that 400,000 Irish people suffer from chronic back pain. Back pain can greatly affect people’s quality of life, personal life and professional life. It is also one of the main cause of work-related absence.
There are different types of back pain. Most occasional back pain is caused by sprains, muscle strains, minor injuries or a pinched nerve. In the case of a pinched nerve, sciatica can also be present. For chronic back pain, various problems can be involved, the most frequent being a herniated disc. Alongside back pain, symptoms of sciatica can appear making it even more disturbing. Back pain can also appear during pregnancy or because of stress, viral infection or kidney disease.
How can acupuncture help?
Research has shown that acupuncture is at least as good than conventional treatments. It is even more effective when used in conjunction with conventional treatments for people who suffer from more severe symptoms. And it is suitable for people who wish to avoid painkillers and medication.
Studies have also shown that it is effective for pregnancy and work related back pains.
Here are the key points of the positive effects of acupuncture on back pain:
- It provides pain relief
- It reduces inflammation
- It reduces muscle stiffness
- It increases micro-circulation
- It improves outcome when used with conventional treatments
In the UK, acupuncture is now recommended as a first line treatment for persistent and non-specific low back pain.