Back pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking medical attention. Numerous high-level studies have demonstrated that acupuncture is an effective method for relief of back pain.
Chinese Medicine always takes an individualised approach to treatment. It has an elaborate system of diagnostic analysis that adapts to the specific symptoms and body signs that any one person presents. The full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine offer a reputable treatment option for the management of pain.
Damian Carey, our Doctor of Chinese Medicine, has decades of experience treating patients with back pain.
Acute Low Back Pain: Level Two - Evidence of Potential Positive Effect Conditions with this level of evidence have moderate support of efficacy, but insufficient to make definitive conclusions. But please keep in mind that ‘insufficient evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!
Chronic Low Back Pain: Level One - Evidence of Positive Effect This level of evidence demonstrates consistent, statistically significant, positive effect.
Sciatic Pain: Level Two - Evidence of Potential Positive Effect Conditions with this level of evidence have moderate support of efficacy, but insufficient to make definitive conclusions. But please keep in mind that ‘insufficient evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!
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