Low Back Pain Study Shows Acupuncture Works Twice As Well As Conventional Therapy

According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 80 percent of the general population in the United States will suffer from low back pain sometime during their lifetime. Low back pain is the second most frequent reason Americans visit a medical doctor for treatment. It is also, according to a widely publicized study, the most frequent reason that Americans visit a licensed acupuncturist for care.

A German study on chronic low back pain showed that acupuncture works twice as well as standard care (Haake et al 2007). Standard care is defined as using drugs and physical therapy.

This was a patient and observer blinded randomized, controlled trial conducted in Germany involving 340 outpatient practices, including 1162 patients aged 18 to 86 years with a history of chronic low back pain for an average of 8 years. Patients underwent ten 30 minute sessions, usually 2 sessions per week, of acupuncture according to principles of traditional Chinese medicine; or conventional therapy, a combination of drugs, physical therapy, and exercise.

The conclusion of the study was that chronic low back pain improved after acupuncture treatment for at least 6 months. The effectiveness of acupuncture was almost twice that of conventional therapy.
Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(17):1892-1898

If you suffer from back pain and live in Minneapolis/ St. Paul/Twin Cities click on this link to learn more –> Low Back Pain Relief Acupuncture Clinic . Or, call us at 612-866-4000 today to set up your appointment for pain free health.

Acupuncture Blog Minneapolis was voted 1 of 30 Best Blogs to Learn More About Acupuncture. The award quoted: Steven Sonmore, an acupuncturist in Minneapolis, offers his insights into the ancient practice here. Recommended posts: “What You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine But Were Afraid To Ask” and “Scientific Validation of Acupuncture for Pain Relief.”

Stay tuned. We’ll continue to bring you the latest news about acupuncture and its health benefits.

7 comments to Low Back Pain Study Shows Acupuncture Works Twice As Well As Conventional Therapy

  • MFD

    I am pleased to see that increasingly more scientific studies are showing the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating pain; curing the symptom while simultaneously correcting the underlying cause, thus strengthening the body and mind, seems to be an obvious and intuitive way of health care. I will continue encourange my friends and family to pursue acupuncture, and I’m glad I chose to see Steven Sonmore for my back pain.

  • Michelle Mc

    i love acupunture because it really helps me to relax. i am a person who is always having a lot of tress. acupuncture really helped me when dealing with too much stress. .;;.; Ciao

  • Sarah

    The only two things that help my back are accupuncture and my tens belt..

  • Nemki

    My mother had acupuncture for her back and it improved a lot.

    She also experiences benefits with a more healthy, organic diet.

  • Bette Gahan

    I really like acupunture because it is safe and effective and apparently it has no side effects. ;

  • Cyril Rubalcaba

    I have occasional back pains and I usually put a warm compress over it to relieve the pain.-

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