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Acupuncture and Back Pain

Back pain is a prevalent condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing discomfort, limited mobility, and reduced quality of life. While there are various treatment options available, acupuncture has gained recognition as an effective therapy for back pain relief. Read on to explore the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating back pain, supported by current research and guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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The Evidence:
Acupuncture and Back Pain

Numerous studies have investigated the effectiveness of acupuncture for back pain relief. A systematic review published in the Journal of Pain in 2020 analysed 39 randomised controlled trials and concluded that acupuncture was more effective than no treatment or sham acupuncture in reducing back pain intensity and improving functional outcomes.

Acupuncture offers a safe and effective treatment option for individuals suffering from back pain. By providing pain relief, reducing inflammation, promoting muscle relaxation, and improving range of motion, acupuncture can significantly alleviate back pain and improve overall well-being. It is important to consult with a qualified acupuncturist who can tailor the treatment to individual needs. With its growing recognition and support from NICE guidelines, acupuncture is a valuable tool in the management of back pain, helping individuals regain their mobility and enjoy a pain-free life.

1. Vickers AJ, et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: update of an individual patient data meta-analysis. J Pain. 2020;21(5-6):455-474.
2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s: assessment and management. NICE guideline [NG59]. Published November 2016.

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