Acupuncture can help back pain by:
1. providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neuro-humoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.
reducing inflammation – by promoting release of vascular and immuno-modulatory factors
2. improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility – by increasing local microcirculation which aids dispersal of swelling and bruising.
3. reducing the use of medication for back complaints
4. providing a more cost-effective treatment over a longer period of time
5. improving the outcome when added to conventional treatments such as rehabilitation exercises
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Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
Sorry that you have been suffering from lower back pain. Acupuncture is very helpful for treating lower back pain. It helps quickly to relieve muscle tightness and spasms. It also can treat slightly bulged discs.
Hope this information helps. Good luck and find an acupuncturist soon.
Dr. Pai Hsiang Peng, L.Ac.
Amy Gendron, AP
Yes, acupuncture can be quite successful in addressing low back pain, in reducing the effects of stress, and in improving overall quality of health.
Richard Mandell, Lic. Ac.
P.S. And yes, acupuncture will make you feel better in general because it's about balancing your body's energies and that will help everything.
I treat back pain on a regular basis, especially stress related pain is easily treatable. There will be residual recurrence, since it is work related, but if you go consistently, you should be able to work more with less pain in time.
See the study below:
*note there is no such thing as sham acupuncture
For Low-Back Pain
A 2012 analysis of data on participants in acupuncture studies looked at back and neck pain together and found that actual acupuncture was more helpful than either no acupuncture or simulated acupuncture.
A 2010 review by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that acupuncture relieved low-back pain immediately after treatment but not over longer periods of time.
A 2008 systematic review of studies on acupuncture for low-back pain found strong evidence that combining acupuncture with usual care helps more than usual care alone. The same review also found strong evidence that there is no difference between the effects of actual and simulated acupuncture in people with low-back pain.
Clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians in 2007 recommend acupuncture as one of several nondrug approaches physicians should consider when patients with chronic low-back pain do not respond to self-care (practices that people can do by themselves, such as remaining active, applying heat, and taking pain-relieving medications).
Acupuncture has been used to help with a number of pain-related illness, including work stress related back pain. That being said, the success of an acupuncture treatment depends on the type/state of the individual's condition as well as how willing they are to make some changes to their lifestyle habits that may be influencing their pain. It is definitely worth
I hope this answer helps!