Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Even Lousy acupuncture works better than Western Medicine for Back Pain

Here's a link to an article (and an ABC News video) about how acupuncture, even if done incorrectly, still works better than conventional pharma/surgical therapies in the treatment of back pain.

There's been a lot of news lately also showing that those expensive spinal fusion surgeries are very invasive and often don't do squat. You might want to try acupuncture first: click here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's what I have used acupuncture most for - my back! I have definitely noticed that some acupuncturists are better than others but interesting to see here that even the bad ones are better than western med for backs! I have never been to a western doc for neck and back pain so I don't have that experience. But I did have one acupuncturist that was so good that each time I had a pain I would feel all better immediately after the appointment.

Ali

Susan G said...

"Lousy" is an interesting interpretation. The AP article I saw describes a placebo acupuncture...but the result was the same. After all, acupressure is effective too.

Green Fertility Marie said...

Oh, the ABC video with Charlie Gibson characterizes it as "even if your acupuncturist does it wrong" or something like that. Very catchy!

Oscar said...

I believe that acupuncture is very useful, but doing it incorrectly doesn't make it any better than Western Medicine.

Yolanda said...

The first time I saw acupuncture, I thought it was painful because of all the needles. I never thought anything like that could make a difference to the world of medicine.

jj said...

I suffer from a lot of back pain due to a car accident when I was a child. When it happened I was in pain for a while but after I healed I had very little trouble until I was 15 and my muscles started to develop, I started getting a lot of lower back pain and have suffered with it ever since. That is until recently when I stumbled across memory foam mattresses. They adjust to the shape and weight of my body to support my back perfectly and let me sleep soundly. I can’t even imagine being able to sleep without my memory foam mattress anymore!

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Painfree said...

In addition to acupuncture sleeping on a memory foam mattress can really help alivate back pain.

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