Does acupuncture work for back pain?
How does acupuncture work for back pain and sciatica pain?
Acupuncture may have a stimulating effect on the release of the body’s own opioid neurotransmitters and the brain’s sensitivity to opioid receptors involved in pain relief.
Acupuncture can change the experience of pain and may trigger a natural healing response in the body’s tissues. In addition, acupuncture can also have a calming effect and may alter our state of mind to reduce stress.
What can I expect in an acupuncture treatment for pain?
Your practitioner may observe your wrist pulse, tongue and ask you several questions about your current and past state of health. This process is used to obtain a whole picture of your health in order to individualise treatment to your specific needs.
The treatment itself may involve the insertion of several fine sterile and disposable needles, which act to stimulate the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. During treatment, you will rest on a massage table in a warm, comfortable room with soothing music. You will often feel very relaxed after a session.
It is best to drink plenty of water and do not undergo intense physical or mental activity for a few hours after your session to let the internal healing continue after you leave the clinic.
Are we registered health professionals?
Yes! It is good to know that all practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine doctors in Australia are registered with AHPRA, the key governing body which is responsible for regulating all doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors, etc, in Australia.
What this means for you is that your doctor at Qi Medicine is fully qualified by Australian standards and will maintain their continued professional development, to help ensure your treatment is to a high standard.
Acupuncture may prove beneficial for a number of other painful conditions
In addition to being useful for sciatica and lower back pain, there is ongoing research exploring the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for a number of painful conditions including:
Joint, muscle and pain conditions:
- Knee osteoarthritis pain
- Migraine and headache pain
- Postoperative muscle pain
- Chronic and acute low back pain
- Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
- Post-stroke shoulder pain
- Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- Muscle pain associated with restless leg syndrome
- Shoulder impingement syndrome pain
- Elbow joint pain
- Temporomandibular (jaw) pain
- Neck pain
Why would you choose acupuncture for your back pain and sciatica pain?
- Can address not only your symptoms but can also address the root cause
- Allows healing within your body without suppressing immunity
- May be used by people of all ages
- Does not result in ill side effects as with some Western medications
- Sessions can be relaxing and rejuvenating and can leave you feeling calm and happy
Acupuncture does not replace all medical treatments available, and your doctor should be consulted before you discontinue any other forms of treatment. Acupuncture will often complement Western medical treatments by encouraging healing and recovery.
Acupuncture is mostly very gentle and relaxing. When you receive a treatment you will lie under warm fluffy towels, taking some time to escape and unwind.
Often you will barely feel the points used as they are placed with expert precision and care. After your treatment, you will often feel rested, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Advice about acupuncture’s potential side effects and results
On the whole, acupuncture is considered gentle, but like with any form of therapeutic intervention, there may be some unwanted side effects. These include:
- Bruising and tenderness at the site of treatment
- Feeling tired after treatment
- Some pain and redness at the insertion site
- Some swelling at the insertion point
It is important to discuss your treatment options with your therapist first if you have any:
- Bleeding disorders
- Contagious blood diseases
- Easy bruising
- Metal allergies
It is important to understand that like any form of therapeutic intervention, results are never guaranteed. Please take the time to discuss your treatment options with your healthcare provider before undergoing treatment. It is common to need to undergo a series of sessions to achieve therapeutic benefit with acupuncture, so please be mindful of this when considering treatment.
At Qi Medicine, we pride ourselves on helping you overcome chronic pain and discomfort. We understand that you may have tried a few other therapies and perhaps have not had the result you were looking for with your back pain and sciatica.
At our Moonee Ponds clinic, we will work with you to help you overcome your pain naturally, without drugs or surgery. Acupuncture for lower back pain and sciatica pain may be clinically effective and provide you with long-term benefits.
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Book online here or phone the clinic on (03) 8589 6398 to book your acupuncture treatment today.
Are we easy to get to?
We provide acupuncture to the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and are close to Highpoint. Qi Medicine acupuncture is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Essendon, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, and Brunswick West. We also service many clients with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone, and we are just 10 km from Melbourne city.