Relieve Pain with Acupuncture
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on best practice now recommend that GPs offer a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture as a first line treatment for persistent, non-specific low back pain. Dr (TCM) D'Alberto has helped many people feel relieve from all types of pain.
Research has shown that acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment and at least as good as (if not better than) standard medical care for back pain. It appears to be particularly useful as an adjunct to conventional care, for patients with more severe symptoms and for those wishing to avoid analgesic drugs. It may help back pain in pregnancy and work-related back pain, with fewer work-days lost. Acupuncture has in some meta-analyses been found superior to sham acupuncture while in others the advantage was not statistically significant. The sham interventions are not inactive placebos, but effectively different versions of acupuncture, so their value in evaluating treatment efficacy is highly questionable.
- Acupuncture can help back pain by:
- providing pain relief - by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.
- reducing inflammation - by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.
- improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility - by increasing local microcirculation, which aids dispersal of swelling and bruising. reducing the use of medication for back complaints.
- providing a more cost-effective treatment over a longer period of time.
- improving the outcome when added to conventional treatments such as rehabilitation exercises.
Dr (TCM) Attilio D'Alberto BM (Beijing), BSc (Hons) TCM, MBAcC, MRCHM
Dr (TCM) Attilio D'Alberto has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for over 12 years. He is passionate about empowering people with the ancient knowledge of Chinese medicine through knowledge, lifestyle and diet. This knowledge can be used again and again in people's lives and those of their family.
Dr (TCM) D'Alberto graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China. This full time, five year degree program included six months internship at two of the largest hospitals in Beijing, China.
Dr (TCM) D'Alberto practices acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion and cupping from his own clinic Wokingham Therapy Clinic.
Contact Wokingham Therapy Clinic to learn more.