The Evidence that Acupuncture works for Back Pain.

I’ve just had an inspiring day looking for ergonomic chairs in Manchester!

For people suffering from back pain it’s really difficult finding a way of sitting for any length of time which doesn’t become uncomfortable at best and extremely painful at worst.

I’m fitting out a little juice bar, and I want to find a way of helping people relax in comfort while they’re sitting down. A place to sit for hours with a good friend or a good book!

It’s a great project and I’m loving visiting inspiring cafes and meeting inspiring people (often at the same time!).

Today involved a visit to the great cafes in Chorlton and the Northern Quarter of Manchester, followed by hours and hours in the wonderful Insitu, which is the closest thing to J. K. Rowlings’ room of requirement that I’ve ever seen!

I spend a lot of my week days working with people who suffer from back pain; both NICE and The World Health Organisation recommend acupuncture for the treatment of chronic low back pain, and there is good evidence for its effectiveness. 

What evidence is there for acupuncture?

Well one of the largest and most respected organisations that carries out and publishes systematic reviews into the effectiveness of medical treatments is The Cochrane Collaboration.
A number of systematic reviews into the effectiveness of acupuncture have been published by The Cochrane Collaboration, and the results show positive evidence that acupuncture has a beneficial effect on chronic low back pain as well as on several other conditions including migraine and tension headaches, IBS, neck pain and osteoarthritis.

Of course this is only a small selection of the conditions that acupuncture has been used to treat for thousands of years. Clinical trials require hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pounds to be carried out with the sort of rigour that is required today. There are still many conditions waiting for funding to go through the same process of testing and publishing in the English language that is needed to be accepted by NICE.

Of course historically, acupuncture has been used and researched mainly by non English speaking countries and The World Health Organisation which has the expertise to analyse this research recognises  ’28 diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment’.

So my search for the perfect chair continues! I’ve splashed out on ten of these beauties so far!

A photograph of a nice chair.
They’re called Date and are made by the wonderful Scandinavian furniture maker, Varier. The seat tilts slightly when you sit on it, and the back’s moulded cleverly, so that it adjusts your position to be perfect for your back. And, of course, they just look beautiful!
Next task…….the perfect table!

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