Acupuncture better than conventional back pain treatment
Thursday 14th May, 2009
Experts have once again revealed the ancient Chinese therapy of Acupuncture is the best treatment for chronic lower back pain.
Over three quarters of the population suffer with some form of back pain during the life costing the health service around £500 million per year.
This latest study into Acupuncture involved hundreds of back pain sufferers receiving various therapies. After being split into four groups, one group received individual Acupuncture therapy, one group had standard treatment, the third received simulated acupuncture (using toothpicks) and the final group were treated with usual back pain care methods.
Two months after treatment, 60% of those participants receiving some form of acupuncture found their symptoms improved whereas 39% receiving conventional care found their condition improved.
One year later, 59-69% of participants who were treated with acupuncture reported further improvement against just 50% from the group who were treated conventionally.
Researchers said that different varieties of acupuncture were beneficial to chronic back pain and the effects were persistent compared with conventional treatment.
Acupuncture is seen as safe, effective and reasonable option where conventional treatments fail work, the researchers went on to say. The therapy also reduces long-term exposure to medication and its potential for negative or adverse side-effects.
Acupuncture is believed to stimulate processes that reduce pain and improve physiological function.