Back pain is an nightmare. Luckily, the newest research gives hope: Acupuncture for back pain works better than drugs.
Some of us have chronic pain. We hurt nonstop. Others of us can go about our life pretty normally. We even forget we have a problematic back. Then we twist the wrong way, or lift something just a hair too heavy and BANG! We are down for the count.
To compound the problem, nobody has any good options. Every doctor you go to provides a lot of possibilities and no certainty. Each solution seems to have the possible side effect of making your pain worse. Often, the only remedy is to have regular, COSTLY, injections at the pain site.
Doctors from Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine in conjunction with the Institute for Oriental Medicine embarked on a study to compare a non-traditional style of acupuncture for back pain, called Motion Style Acupuncture (MSAT) with diclofenac sodium, a drug used for immediate pain relief. The results were rather dramatic.
But…before I continue with the results…I want to tell you that diclofenac sodium is not for the light of heart. There is a list a mile long of common side effects, that range from constipation to unexplained bleeding. Yikes! But I digress…
The Research Is In: Acupuncture for Back Pain Study Results
The study compared groups of people with severe disability, suffering from acute lower back pain. Half the group received MSAT acupuncture for back pain. The other group did not receive the acupuncture for back pain, and instead got injections of diclofenac sodium.
Those that received the MSAT acupuncture for back pain reported that it was more effective in the short term – that is, they saw immediate pain reduction and more effective results 4 weeks longer than those that got the injected drug. Further, there was far less hospitalization in the group receiving the MSAT treatment.
MSAT acupuncture for back pain is similar to traditional acupuncture for back pain in that needles are placed at certain meridian points. However, in MSAT there is manual stimulation of the needles. You are guided to walk around and make specific motions while the needles are in place.
This is amazing news for those who suffer with back pain. MSAT acupuncture for back pain is a relatively new treatment and is considered non-traditional. However, it is forward-looking and speaks to the possibility of using acupuncture for broader applications that fare better than drugs in clinical trials…. and isn’t that what we all would love? A world free of back pain without injections and nasty side effects!