What are the Expectations and Acupuncture Treatment Schedule for Someone with Severe Back Pain?

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Acupuncture has been an integral part of East Asian Medicine for over 4,000 years, although the benefits were slowly discovered in the Western world. Today, in the U.S., as people are becoming more aware of alternative treatments and seeking natural back pain relief options, Acupuncture has jumped to the top of many people’s radar.


Acupuncture has also become a major focus of ongoing research from top medical universities and organizations. 


Researchers from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, note that from their study of 638 adults with chronic low-back pain, one of the biggest done in the U.S., patients who received acupuncture improved significantly more than the adults who did not. 


Think of Your Acupuncture Session as a Doctor's Appointment. Our Licensed Acupuncturists are very well-educated and well-respected healthcare practitioners with thousands of hours of training and experience. While acupuncture can be a relaxing experience, the end goal is to resolve and treat medical issues that include chronic back pain. 


On the first visit, you and your Acupuncturist will discuss your health history and main health concerns, including detailed questions about your back pain.


It is essential to understand the exact location, duration, and any other treatments that you may have had for the back pain. All of this information will guide your Acupuncturist to establish a clear goal for meeting your health needs. Open communication is essential for tailoring a unique treatment and plan to achieve long-lasting results. 


Often our patients with chronic back pain have tried all forms of conventional treatments that include various medications, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and even surgery. Many patients stick diligently to the prescriptions and treatment plans laid out by their physicians, despite not feeling better. The same level of commitment to care is needed with Acupuncture and results should be incremental and sustainable.


Following Your Acupuncture Treatment Plan is Essential


Your main health concerns and medical history guide the placement of needles for your acupuncture treatment sessions. These areas can be where you might be feeling back pain and tension or at a distance depending on your specific type of back pain. Your Acupuncturist will insert 10-20 points and you'll get to experience the benefits all while in a comfortable massage chair or treatment table, where you spend 20 minutes relaxing.


After your initial consultation and treatment, your Acupuncturist will go over a plan of action and identify your personalized treatment plan. The treatment plan is essential for achieving the main goal of relieving chronic back pain and maintaining these results. Your Acupuncturist will discuss the best action, including the frequency of visits. 


For most chronic back pain patients, our Licensed Acupuncturists recommend 2-3 treatments per week for 4 weeks, or a treatment plan with similar frequency, especially when starting out acupuncture treatments.


Acupuncture is cumulative, with the best results acquired by allowing your body the necessary time needed to heal. During this process, your acupuncturist will also answer any questions that you may have and adjust your treatment plan as you feel the benefits. 


Every back pain patient is different, and each requires a commitment to regular treatments in the beginning to reverse the chronic pain cycle. Once the pain levels are dramatically reduced, your Licensed Acupuncturists will reduce the frequency of the treatments and work on maintaining the relief long-term. 


Acupuncture continues to attract patients all over the world looking for a natural approach to back pain. As Acupuncture continues to grow in popularity, our team of Licensed Modern Acupuncturists are here to answer that call. 


Visit your local Modern Acupuncture clinic today


Acupuncture Minimizes Pain


Modern Acupuncture® is a natural pain relief solution and the leading provider of Acupuncture in the U.S. The most studied theories show that Acupuncture stimulates the body to release naturally produced “feel good” endorphins and stimulate the parasympathetic or “rest and digest” response in our body.


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