Pain
Pain is one of the most common reasons for
choosing acupuncture treatment.

There are different theories as to why it can be
effective: it may block the pain messages to the
brain, or act as a type of counter-pain, or
stimulate the body's own natural pain-killing
substances.

Back pain, migraine, sciatica, arthritis, tendonitis
and sprains are some of the painful conditions
which acupuncture can help relieve.

Many people find some relief from the very first
treatment, but in most cases, especially if the
problem is a long-standing one or it is
aggravated by your job or lifestyle, a course of
treatment will be needed. Sometimes the relief is
temporary at first, but increases with more
treatments, as acupuncture has a cumulative
effect on the body.

Most people who come for treatment will be
given acupuncture but we may also support this
with tui na massage, moxibustion, electro
acupuncture, cupping, medicated oils and
plasters where appropriate. Some of these
practices can even replace acupuncture, rather
than support it, for those who really do not like
the idea of needles!

Low Back Pain

In May 2009 the National Institute for Health and
Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidelines
for the management of non-specific low back
pain.

NICE recommended that people with low back
pain would benefit from being physically active
and to carry on with normal
activities as far as possible, with drug
treatments as appropriate to help them stay
active and manage their pain.

NICE also recommended that one of the
following treatments should be considered:
- an exercise programme
- a course of manual therapy
- a course of acupuncture treatment
If one of these does not offer a satisfactory
improvement, another should be tried.

NICE Quick reference guide: low back pain

NICE Low back pain: patient information leaflet