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How is inflammatory back pain treated with acupuncture?

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The ancient Chinese healing practice of acupuncture may bring relief for people with chronic low back pain. Gently placing thin, dry needles into your skin at specific points may trigger the release of endorphins, your body's natural painkillers. Or it may change your brain chemistry so you have a higher pain tolerance. You should use it along with other treatments.

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

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