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Can acupuncture help in treating lower back pain?

I have a lot of lower back pain that is mainly due to work stress. Can acupuncture help in treating it, and me in general?

39 Answers

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Yes, acupuncture is awesome at not only relieving back pain but, also at helping to alleviate stress! I treat lots of patients with low back pain from work stress and I get amazing results. Two of my patients come in in agony and feel so great after that they forget to take it easy and they go out and do heavy yard work the next day and have to come back in because they over did it and are in pain again.
Yes, definitely. Acupuncture is effective for both stress and back pain. It is one of the most frequently treated symptoms. In my clinic, we alleviate your pain and teach you stress reduction and postural exercises to minimize back pain. We teach you how to take care of yourself to prevent future recurrences of back pain.

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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To say that Acupuncture can Treat lower back pain successfully, would be an understatement.
Yes, I have had great success with low back pain by using acupuncture. Stress is also helped with acupuncture. I hope you choose to have acupuncture, Acupuncture will not only treat your pain and stress, acupuncture treats your whole body. I truly believe you can be helped with acupuncture.
Yes, if you find a really good doctor, you may feel the pain relief in seconds.
Yes. Acupuncture can help in treating lower back pain.

Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
Yes... one of acupuncture's strengths is in addressing back pain, both from trauma as well as from aging-related factors.
Yes, absolutely acupuncture can eliminate back pain, especially if this is due to an excess condition or injury. In other cases, it might not be so simple. Certainly acupuncture can help calm your sympathetic nervous system and reduce pain caused by stress much more easily though.

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.

Jonathan Fang
Acupuncture is very well-known for good pain management.
Back pain is relatively easy to resolve with acupuncture, however, because it is related to work, you may need to return occasionally to maintain - unless you want to quit your job ;) .
Yes, absolutely, acupuncture can help alleviate your back pain and your stress that is causing it.
Yes, most definitely. Lumbar pain is one the main conditions that Acupuncture treats effectively.
Yes, acupuncture can help low back pain and relieve your stress.


Dr. Pai Hsiang Peng, L.Ac.
Yes, acupuncture does help to eliminate lower back pain. There are specific points on the legs and on the back to eliminate or lower the pain level drastically. Thanks.
Yes! That is the number one thing we help. Don't wait any longer.
Yes, depending on the underlying cause, acupuncture can give long-lasting relief from pain.
Yes, acupuncture very effectively treats both pain and stress.


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.
Hello! It’s interesting that you link your low back to work stress! This is a direct connection in eastern medicine but is not necessarily connected at all in western medicine. Yes, without seeing you in person, I can’t say for sure, but if your own assessment is correct, acupuncture would be very effective in this pattern. It would naturally increase the serotonin and dopamine levels, making you happier and more relaxed, and strengthen the kidney energy to support the low back. It’s also beneficial in this case to make sure you’re getting adequate sleep and 1-2 gallons of non carbonated water per day. You will find you handle your stress much easier with acupuncture, sleep and proper hydration.
Yes, acupuncture is very effective at providing relief from low back pain. It can also help you manage the stress that you're experiencing at work. Many people who have regular acupuncture report that it helps them relax, sleep better, feel more balanced, and have a greater sense of well-being.
Yes!!! Acupuncture is great for low back pain!
Absolutely! One of the things acupuncture is best known for helping is low back pain. I certainly treat it all the time. And my favorite thing to treat is stress and the problems that come with that because acupuncture works so well for it. So yes, don't walk, run to your nearest acupuncturist, and start feeling better today!

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.
Yes, lower back pain is the most common treatment in acupuncture clinic. And very effective. Suggest you find a practitioner have train in both Chinese medicine and acupuncture fields. License Acupuncturists.
Yes! Acupuncture works great in treating low back pain and helps with many more issues as well. You can find out more at
I like to say that Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can treat "anything you'd go see your doctor for". Except, of course, for major emergency stuff.

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.
Absolutely. Acupuncture is great for most varieties of back pain. The Germans did a great study that says acupuncture is effective at a 20% higher rate than conventional medicine.
See the study below:

*note there is no such thing as sham acupuncture
Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for both low back pain and work stress.
Lower back pain (acute or chronic) is the number one pain conditions that people seek help with acupuncture. This is what the National Institute of Health, USA said:

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).
Yes. We do the acupuncture and Moxa treatment. It's really helpful for pain.
Generally, acupuncture can help low back pain. For low back pain mainly due to work stress, acupuncture can help for the work stress thus improves the low back pain.
Yes indeed, Acupuncture can help with treating your back pain. Acupuncture works very well to treat a variety of pain and maintain balance in the body. Both stress and the type of work you do can greatly affect your physical health. Acupuncture is a great way to relieve stress, eliminate pain and keep the body in perfect harmony. Not only will Acupuncture help your pain, but it would also help to reduce your stress level and promote relaxation and the feeling of well being. Find a licensed Acupuncture Physician in your area and seek help with this before it gets any worse. Yours in Health!
Absolutely. It can treat every day, all day, especially herniated discs.
Absolutely. Acupuncture can help with any muscle pain from the repetitive strain of your work, but can also help lower and better manage your stress levels.
Most of my patients are with back pain, especially with low back pain. You said your lower back pain is due to stress. That means you are not that old, and you have good realization as to what is causing your problem. I am sure you will get good results from acupuncture treatment.

Best regards,

Dongmei Liu
Hi there,

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!