Natural Remedies for Back Pain Relief – Can Acupuncture help?

Back pain is one of the most common conditions seen in the acupuncture clinic today. Research says that it affects anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of people at some stage in their lives. Lower Back Pain is second only to the common cold as a cause for lost production and days taken off work.

In a German study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 1,162 adults with chronic, lower back pain were divided into groups treated with either the standard pharmaceutical and exercise therapy commonly used in conventional medicine or acupuncture.

The researchers reported that acupuncture provided relief and lasting benefit to nearly twice as many lower back pain patients as drugs and exercise.

Forty-eight percent of the acupuncture patients reported at least a one-third decrease in pain along with improvement in their ability to function, versus twenty-seven percent of the patients treated with conventional methods reporting such benefits.

At Austin Therapies – The London Road Natural Health Clinic – Belmont, Brisbanelower back pain treatment is one of the most common presentations that we see.

Here are three Natural remedies for back pain relief that I use myself:

  1. Place a warm wheat pack on your lower back. Care needs to be taken here not to increase inflammation – the application of hot or cold is a very controversial subject. My personal experience and in clinic has been that MOST of the time heat is indicated for chronic back pain. In acute cases, care needs to be taken and may not be the best immediate solution. I’ve always found getting my back onto an electric blanket on low has helped even at the more acute stage.
  2. If you suspect your lower back pain is due to a strain or sprain of the back muscles then Arnica Cream or Comfrey Cream will provide some immediate relief.
  3. Take a homeopathic anti-inflammatory such as Traumeel as it won’t affect your digestive system adversely. You take one tablet, if the pain is still too intense take another one half an hour later and keep doing this until the pain level is manageable – to a maximum of 12 per day.
  4. Apply a homeopathic anti-inflammatory cream such as Traumeel to the area.

Acupuncture treatment is definitely indicated in the case of lower back pain. Acute back pain and sciatic nerve pain can be very quick to treat, usually only needing between one and four treatments. Chronic back pain that is recurring, that you may have endured for many years will require a full course of treatment in order to achieve good and lasting results.

For more information, please have a look at the following websites:

www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Questions

www.austintherapies.com.au

Call Austin Therapies – The London Road Natural Health Clinic – Belmont, Brisbane – on 0421 411 508 and ask for a FREE HEALTH ASSESSMENT to discuss how we can help you achieve your health goals.