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March 15th, 2010
American Institute of Alternative Medicine Acupuncture May Cure Back Pain

Schools such as the American Institute of Alternative Medicine have been devoted to teaching new students the art of acupuncture since 1994. Now, a recent study has found that this alternative medicine technique may be extremely helpful in easing chronic lower back pain in adults.

“Acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic back pain. People receiving acupuncture are more likely to get better,” said Daniel Cherkin, lead author of the recent study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

“Acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic back pain. People receiving acupuncture are more likely to get better.” – Daniel Cherkin

As one of the leading schools of acupuncture, the American Institute of Alternative Medicine defines acupuncture as a completely safe and valuable treatment process. For patients not willing to undergo prescription drug therapy or who do not respond to traditional treatment, acupuncture works when drugs such as Toradol become ineffective.

Chronic back pain is one of the most common health issues in the United States, and is the leading reason why patients visit acupuncturists. In the recent study, 600 adults with chronic lower back pain were grouped into four different treatment sections: individualized acupuncture, standardized acupuncture, simulated acupuncture (non-penetrating) or “usual care”.

Patients in the simulated acupuncture group did not undergo traditional acupuncture methods. Instead, practitioners mimicked needle acupuncture by using a toothpick to poke at traditional pressure points without having to break the skin. Individualized and standardized acupuncture, as explained by the American Institute of Alternative Medicine, is done with very fine needles that are strategically placed on important “energy points” on a body. This then opens up energy that has been blocked, and improves the patient’s health.

The study lasted for seven weeks, and researchers were surprised to notice that acupuncture was effective even when simulated acupuncture was used. There are no answers to how this is possible yet, but some theories exist. The study authors suggested that superficial acupuncture may still unleash physiological processes that result in relief. In addition, the benefit may come from effects that include a therapist’s conviction or a patient’s enthusiasm.

Acupuncture of all types is slowly entering into mainstream treatment options. Janet Konefal, a licensed acupuncturist and assistant dean for complementary and integrative medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, touts the research by stating that: “When we understand that different stimulations may be effective rather than doing deep-needle stimulation which, for some people when in pain can be painful, we can now use laser or light needling or even just electric stimulation on the points; I think that part is great.”

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