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Treating Back Pain with Acupuncture Cleveland

A person suffering from back pain would probably have tried other mainstream treatments before considering acupuncture to help treat their back problem.  This is sad because acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China and South Asia to treat body pain including back pain and having an impressive track record in doing so.  People who want a more natural and safer way to treat back pain should consider getting acupuncture.

Since acupuncture is not part of Western conventional medicine treatment, your doctor will no prescribe this treatment for you suggesting instead painkillers or surgery for your condition.  However, there are now physicians who have discovered the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment and are even practicing medical acupuncturists themselves.  These professionals will likely perform acupuncture on you when all else have failed.

If you are interested in getting acupuncture, you probably would want to know how acupuncture works.  Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM which believes that the body has twenty or so energy pathways called meridians. These meridians are where life giving energy called chi travels.  The normal unobstructed flow of chi throughout the body is what gives us good health.  The body has over 2,000 acupuncture points spread all over it that connect to the meridians.  These points are where ultra fine non hollow acupuncture needles are introduced to connect to the meridians that have developed blockages.  The needles will either remove the energy blockages or help slow down the flow of chi to treat a specific disorder.

Western medical science is still unable to prove the existence of chi and the meridians and it can’t verify the claim of acupuncture in treating body pains although acupuncture has consistently been shown to remove pain.  Even in some type of surgeries acupuncture is used to numb the pain and allow the patient to remain conscious during the entire surgical procedure.  When the needle is inserted the patient may feel a slight tingling sensation which oftentimes is fleeting or may be felt during the entire procedure.  The procedure itself usually lasts for only 15 to 30 minutes.  People react differently from an acupuncture treatment.  Some may feel very sleepy during and after the procedure while some feel revitalized and full of energy after the treatment.

Sometimes the acupuncturist may utilize up to 20 needles while some may use three.  The depth a needle goes in the body depends on the diagnosis.  Sometimes the acupuncturist may tweak or manipulate the needles to quickly stimulate the nervous system of the body.  The treatment is literally painless even when the needles are introduced into the body.  Unlike the hollow hospital needles used for injections, the ones used for acupuncture has a tip with a smooth point and no sharp edges.  They are likewise thinner than hospital needles.

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