Is Acupuncture treatment for back pain backed by science?
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There are a few ways by which acupuncture is thought to work for back pain: 1. Stimulates nervous system. Trigger points stimulated by acupuncture could release chemicals from the spinal cord, muscles, and brain. Some of these could be naturally pain-relieving. 2. Releases opioid-like chemicals produced in the body. Along the same lines as the theory above, acupuncture may release pain-relieving chemicals. These naturally occur in the body and have similar properties to opioid pain relievers. (Hydrocodone or morphine are examples.) 3. Releases neurotransmitters. These are hormones that send messages regulating the on/off mechanisms of various nerve endings. Acupuncture may stimulate some that shut off pain. 4. Triggers electromagnetic impulses in the body. These impulses can help speed the body’s way of handling pain, including the release of endorphins. Regardless of how it works, trials on acupuncture for treating back pain show great results with very little risk of side effects. Some 2012 researchTrusted Source involved reviewing almost 20,000 people with chronic pain. They were given authentic acupuncture treatments, fake treatments, or no acupuncture at all. Those who received real acupuncture experienced 50 percent improvement in their chronic pain issues. Two similar reviews from 2013 showed strong favor for acupuncture as successful therapy. These were specifically for chronic lower back pain. One these studies expressed promise that acupuncture could be better than most pain medications.
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