Acupuncture

By: NIHP Durham  03/02/2011
Keywords: acupuncture, back pain, lower back pain

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, which results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Keywords: acupuncture, back pain, back pain relief, low back pain, lower back pain, Neck Pain Relief

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