Research Centre

Back and lower back pain

Did you know that back and low back pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting a doctor? There are millions of people suffering with back and low back pain and research has shown that 60% to 80% of people worldwide will experience this during their lifetime.

The most common cause of low back pain is muscle or ligament strains, even though most often, a specific cause is never identified.

Research has shown the total annual cost in the United States for health care and lost productivity caused by low back pain is nearly $100 billion. Although most people are aware of the history and effectiveness of Acupuncture, patients come to us after they have already spent time and money trying other therapies. This might be caused by the fear of needles, and the fact Acupuncture is not covered by the universal health care system.

So, how does acupuncture work for back and low back pain? In general, it follows the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to improve local energy flows and to balance underlying internal organs.

Meridians that may be involved in the cause of back pain include:

  • GB = gallbladder meridian;
  • UB = urinary bladder meridian;
  • LV = liver meridian;
  • KD = kidney meridian;
  • SP = spleen;

In an effort to provide the most balanced treatment, Chinese herbal medicine must be considered along with regular acupuncture treatments.

There are many clinical researches supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture treating Low Back Pain. One research conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center evaluated the effects of acupuncture both in the short-term (defined as three weeks after the last acupuncture treatment) as well as in the longer term. They found acupuncture provided definite pain relief in the short-term, and this relief appeared to be sustained over the longer term.

At Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, we provide our patients with many treatment options:

  • The Intern Clinic provides effective and affordable treatment with complimentary consultation
  • The Faculty Clinic provides personal and specific patient care
  • The alumni and associated clinics provide alternative locations, specialties and convenience.

At ACATCM, we are committed to providing results-driven premier quality care to our patients. To discuss your health and wellness needs, contact our College Clinic at: 403-286-8788.


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