Any spinal problem is a serious health issue and spinal stenosis is no different. Acupuncture can provide relief to spinal stenosis patients.
Spinal Stenosis and Acupuncture
The condition known as Spinal Stenosis results from the narrowing of the spaces between the vertebras through which the spinal cord passes. The condition can be present at birth or it can sometimes be the result of undue strain on the back or traumatic injury. More often it is caused by degenerative aging and is most common among men and women over the age of 50. The one thing that is completely certain about the condition is that it causes a great deal of pain and discomfort.
The treatment for Spinal Stenosis is mostly based on the management of the pain and discomfort levels. The accepted view is that there is not much that can be done about it other than relieving the symptoms. The results and complications from invasive surgery procedures have made this approach impractical and uncommon in dealing with Spinal Stenosis.
Whenever Orthodox Medicine is faced with a problem that it really does not seem to have a good handle on, alternative medicine is more likely to be suggested. Chiropractors approach the problem of Spinal Stenosis from what is almost an engineering viewpoint. They use manual manipulation to attempt to rearrange the way the spine, vertebra, and spinal cord line up. Spinal Stenosis and acupuncture is also a natural match. One reason for this is the very high success rate of acupuncture in the relief of lower back pain.
When this high success rate is coupled with the equally low success rate of dealing with chronic back pain by Western Medicine, acupuncture becomes more than a simple alternative. In many clinics in the West today, insurance will cover acupuncture treatments for the treatment of back pain. This is true even though there is still so much uncertainty about exactly why acupuncture success rates are so high in the management of back pain.
Of course, the acupuncturist who is well versed in the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine understands the reasons for the success of his treatments. It involves a complete understanding of the underlying principles of acupuncture from the Chinese prospective to understand exactly how the practitioner is approaching the treatment. The Western researcher might be looking at the almost accidental release of chemicals into the body via the acupuncture treatment, or even seeing it as a mental and placebo type of reaction. To the sufferer from Spinal Stenosis or other forms of chronic lower back pain, this ongoing debate is not as important as the relief they receive from acupuncture.