Pain, ailments, mental conditions, and addictions are thought, in some cultures, to be a blockage of positive flow through the body. Acupuncture has been a form of therapy thought to help the body flow freely by placing tiny needles into key points on the body; this is done by inserting small needles into key points throughout the body. Acupuncture has been used to reduce nausea after surgery, smoking cessation therapy and pain relief, including back pain.
When looking for an acupuncturist check to see if they are certified/licensed, there are different certification processes and licenses so checking where they received their license is just as vital as checking if they have one at all.
Some alternative medical offices will accept some insurance, so be sure to ask when calling around. If you are paying cash, ask how much they charge and what forms of payment they accept.
Only single-use needles are acceptable so if your office is reusing needles do not patronize them.
Meet with the acupuncturist before making an appointment. Make sure you are comfortable and take any questions you have with you. If you are unable to meet with the clinician, at least visit the office and ask about their practices. If they refuse to let you visit the office ahead or answer your questions, do not do business with them.
- At Your Appointment.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Ask any additional questions.
- Bring all insurance and emergency information with you.
- Know that you may need more than one session to alleviate your pain.
There are other options besides acupuncture for back pain. You can always seek your doctor’s advice, especially if the pain lasts longer than a week or so.
There are also over the counter topical ointments the can temporarily help relieve back pain.
Having strong core muscles will help support the lower back as well as decrease risks of injury and illness.
If you are considering using acupuncture for back pain, do your homework, find the right acupuncturist and follow-up with your doctor.