Lower Back Pain
In 2009 NICE's (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) published a report stating that acupuncture could be offered as a treatment for chronic lower back pain.
Traditional acupuncture has been used for over 2,000 years to alleviate back pain and British Acupuncture Council members have for many years been successfully treating patients for this condition either in private practice or working within the NHS. I myself have helped a lot of people with back pain, ranging from pain associated with arthritis, through to back pain caused by a work related activities or accidents. NICE recommends up to 12 sessions of treatment. My experience is that this is a fair prediction, though my patients have reported that they often feel an immediate relief from pain and often only 4 to 8 sessions are needed to sort the problem out.
Back pain affects more than 1.1 million people in the UK with 95% of patients suffering from lower back pain problems. Recent research has shown that acupuncture treatment can be effective in treating back pain and introducing acupuncture treatment on the NHS can be very beneficial for patients who are suffering from the one of the nation’s main reasons for work-related sickness absence.