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How does acupuncture treat spinal pain?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Many people with spinal or back pain use acupuncture to treat the pain. If you are considering using acupuncture to treat your spinal pain, you should discuss your plans with your doctor. A form of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture uses small, thin needles inserted in specific points in the body to regulate the flow of an energy called qi. The theory is that when this energy is flowing correctly, pain is reduced or eliminated. While this might sound strange to someone who is not familiar with this kind of approach to healing, acupuncture is gaining increasingly wide acceptance in Western cultures and is being studied by the Western medical profession. Recent studies have found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for pain, including back pain, making this a viable option to consider if you have chronic spinal pain that is not responding to other forms of treatment.

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