For tens or possibly hundreds of millions of people around the world, back pain is a daily problem. The pain can be of a minor sort such as a mere uncomfortable twinge to a severe, excruciating type of pain that can leave a person immobile and bedridden. There are a number of conventional treatments for back pain. However, more and more people these days are opting for alternative types of treatment to avoid the use of drugs.
Complementary therapies, as with conventional ones, have many approaches to treating back pain in Vancouver. One of the best treatments they offer by far is acupuncture.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing procedure that has been practiced by Chinese medical practitioners for more that 5,000 years. Ancient Chinese treatments are based on the notion that the body possesses a vital energy known as chi. Chi is deemed by Chinese medical practitioners to be the vital force that makes the body, grow, thrive and reproduce. Chi flows through energy channels called meridians. These channels are all inter connected connecting to our nervous system, muscles, internal organs and limbs.
Some researchers think that the meridians run near the skin’s surface where acupuncture points lie. When these points are manipulated or massaged it can boost chi flow, which then helps relieve the pain.
When you visit an acupuncturist, expect to be inquired about things pertaining to your health, your medical history and the purpose of your visit. You will discover that the acupuncturist may examine some parts of your body that a conventional physician would not normally examine. An acupuncturist may, for example, observe your digestive system or your tongue. After evaluating your health, the acupuncturist may them begin to insert needles at some areas in your body. Acupuncture needles used during treatment are ultra thin and are usually made out of stainless steel.
Some people find it painful when acupuncture needles are stuck in their body; however, this is not often the case with most people who find acupuncture to be a painless procedure. Instead of pain, they only sense a pricking sensation when the needles are inserted and manipulated. You do need to immediately let your acupuncturist know if you feel any discomfort and pain since acupuncture ought to be a more or less painless procedure. The typical parts of the body where acupuncture needles are inserted include the arms, legs, mid-section, ears, and head.
Not all people respond the same way during acupuncture treatment. Some get well while others may derive zero benefits from it. Some patients may need only one session while others may benefit from multiple sessions.