Many people experience back pain at some point in their lives. According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is the second most common neurological disorder in the United States, following headaches. A large proportion of individuals with back pain use complementary and alternative medicine therapies, such as herbal medicine and acupuncture.
While standard treatment options for back pain include rest, long-term medication and surgery, there are many holistic alternatives that can help to alleviate pain. And unlike medication, which is aimed at symptom management only, herbal medicine and acupuncture can address the underlying cause of the condition.
Chinese herbal medicine has anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities and can reduce pain to the same degree as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications (NSAIDs). A pain reliever, an antispasmodic and a sedative may all be included in a typical herbal formula created by a medical herbalist.
Acupuncture has pain blocking qualities and increases the flow of blood to affected areas. Acupuncture reduces pain by acting on pain generation and transmission and processing of pain signals. Acupuncture can treat many of the symptoms associated with back pain including:
- General discomfort.
People experiencing low back pain who choose acupuncture as a therapy option often report reduced pain and improvements in functional ability after the first few treatments.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.