Acupuncture

iStock-525338868Acupuncture has just received a groundbreaking endorsement from the Medical community. The American College of Physicians (ACP), a national organization of specialists in Internal Medicine officially recommend treating back pain with Acupuncture first before trying higher risk approaches such as pharmaceuticals. The ACP’s official recommendation is for physicians and patients to treat low back pain with non-drug therapies and goes on to suggest Acupuncture.

“For the treatment of chronic low back pain, physicians should select therapies that have the fewest harms and costs, since there were no clear comparative advantages for most treatments compared to one another,” – Dr. Damle (President of the ACP).

This decision was based on over a decade of studies that have shown Acupuncture & other natural modalities to be just as effective as pharmaceuticals without the harmful side effects and risks of addiction to pain medication. While pain medication are sometimes needed, they can also mask your pain and help you injure yourself further.

Masking pain has been likened to taking batteries out of a smoke alarm or covering your cars check engine light with a band aide. You need to address the fire that is causing the alarm to sound! Covering the check engine light makes you keep driving when the car needs servicing. If it doesn’t get the oil change it needs the engine will eventually cease and catch fire.

Pain is an indication that something is off and needs to be corrected to avoid further injury. This includes all types of pain from arthritis, headaches, herniated discs and everything in between. Even if your pain seems to be random or just part of aging or normal body wear and tear it absolutely still serves the purpose of telling you what you need to do not only to feel better, but how to get healthier.

The benefits of Acupuncture and Physical Therapy together is they can help strengthen injured areas, release pain naturally, increase blood flow for tissue repair, reduce inflammation and restore range of motion.

The American College of Physicians published the new recommendations- the first in a decade – in the Annals of Internal Medicine. We can expect more and more Physicians to recommend Acupuncture for the treatment of all kinds of pain, and likely Insurance companies will continue to expand their inclusion of Acupuncture for more and more people.

Officially recognized by the Medical Community, Acupuncture is a less costly, and very effective way to help you heal your pain. Plus, it often helps people sleep better, have more natural energy, and improve their moods, digestion, and immunity as well! Call us at Advanced PMR to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our exceptional practitioners in four convenient locations!

Written by: Joshua Solomon, Acupuncturist, Edison, NJ.

Sources:
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/study-low-tech-remedies-to-reduce-back-pain-sick-days-1.13118575
https://www.acponline.org/acp-newsroom/american-college-of-physicians-issues-guideline-for-treating-nonradicular-low-back-pain

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