Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) provides natural remedies for back pain. Nearly 8 out of every 10 Americans will experience lower back pain at some time in their lives. Persistent lower back pain is a common condition that is difficult to treat. Many patients benefit from an individualized, multidisciplinary model of care that includes access to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies such as acupuncture and massage, in addition to conventional care.
In a new study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Group Health Research Institute, and Brown University compared conventional care alone to an integrated program of complementary and alternative therapies plus conventional care.
They reported significant differences between the two patient groups; with one group receiving the standard care and the other the integrated program. Patients in the integrated therapy group had significant improvements in outcomes which included pain, functional ability and difficulty performing routine activities compared to the standard care group.
With that finding, it is imperative to note that if you are suffering from back pain, you should consider alternative or complementary treatments in order to get the best possible results.
Acupuncture is a safe, medication-free therapy for the treatment of back pain caused by:
- Overstretching of back ligaments (sprains).
- Back muscle rips or tears (strains).
- Herniated discs.
Acupuncture reduces back pain by increasing the release of pain-suppressing endorphins into the central nervous system. People experiencing lower back pain and chose acupuncture as a therapy option, often reported reduced pain, improvements in functional ability and enhanced overall health.You do not have to continue suffering from lower back pain; acupuncture can help.
For more information about the benefits of natural remedies for back pain and other conditions, call the Acupuncture and Massage College at (305) 595-9500.