Acupuncturist Questions Back Pain

Is there an acupuncture treatment for treating back aches too?

I work in manual labor and lately, my back has been killing me. My wife suggested for me to look into acupuncture. How does it help?

18 Answers


Acupuncture has been very good for treatment back pain by moving the energy and reduce muscle spasm. Here is some exercise I also will recommended for you to do (Lower back exercise):

It also will help you. Hope you will be pain free soon. It's important to have good posture.

Have a good one,

Jonathan Fang
Back pain is #1 condition to be treated by acupuncture, according to NIH.
Thanks for the question! Yes absolutely. If you work in manual labor, then the culprit of your pain is most likely muscle tension. Acupuncture is golden for relieving muscle tension, along with other eastern medical techniques such as Cupping and Gua Sha.

Acupuncture provides great relief for back pain.
Yes, it is very common
In this case, acupuncture is the best to help the back aches. Your back pain is mainly caused by overuse. In Chinese medicine, it's qi blood stagnation, electrical acupuncture with cupping will help to move the stagnation clear inflammation to relieve the pain.
Yes, Acupuncture helps. I have a lot of patients who have back aches. After treatment, they feel much better.

In a very short to answer your question, acupuncture relaxes the muscles and detoxes body. (Does lots of other things as well.)
It would be the best treatment you could have for the back problems. Of course, it depends on what is the cause of your back problem. If it is a simple muscular strain, it would be very easy to correct, but if it involves the structural problem, such as the curvature of the spine, it could be a slow and gradual progress. Your physician should be able to tell you what the cause of the problem is and give you the general idea.
Thank you for your question. Your wife is a wise one. :-)
The kind of work we do usually affects our bodies in one way or another, due to repetition of movements. Over time this becomes a factor. In your case, your manual labor affects your back. Your work is causing your body some trauma which results in upsetting the natural flow of your body's energy (chi) then resulting in the back pain. Acupuncture works by allowing the body to heal itself, harmonize the body and bring it back to normal balance, This results in pain relief, stress relief, relaxation and a feeling of well being. It may require a few visits to get real results as well as a maintenance program to keep you going long term. Find an Acupuncture Physician in your area and get the help you need. You will be glad you did!
In the mean time, make sure you do some gentle back stretches (if you can) in the mornings before you get out of bed. Example, lying on your back and pulling your knee towards your chest, while holding the stretch for 10 slow counts. Alternate them, then do them together. Do this 10 times and do not hold your breath. It will make a big difference as well making you more flexible before work. Remember to get the OK from your Primary Physician before starting any exercise program.
Yours in Health!
Acupuncture can work at both the physical and emotional levels to alleviate pain. Physically, acupuncturists will use local needling techniques (I use trigger point dry needling), electrical stimulation, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and sometimes massage. I also provide my patients with stretching and exercises to alleviate and prevent pain while at home, and decrease flare ups and treatment frequency. At the emotional level, we can alleviate stress and other emotions which frequently compound physical pain.
Acupuncture is excellent for back pain. In fact, the American College of Physicians recommends acupuncture (in addition to other manual therapies like massage or adjustment) as first or second line treatment for back pain (before drugs and surgery).

In pain conditions studies seem to be showing that acupuncture affects neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord that play a role in the transmission of the pain signal. There is at least one study, done in carpal tunnel syndrome, where functional MRI imaging showed acupuncture was changing the way signals are processed in the pre-frontal cortex (an area of the brain known to be involved in pain processing).

There's also a musculoskeletal approach to the problem where we look at the lines of tension in your muscles starting in your feet/low legs and going up in to the back. Sometimes releasing and rebalancing this muscular tension can go a long way to relieving the discomfort.

Best regards,

Jeff Rippey, L.Ac.
Acupuncture can help the muscles let go and can help the nutrients in the body (including blood) circulate more effectively. In some cases there are local needles (in area of pain) and in some cases there's distal points (like on your leg or shoulders) or a combination depending on what the practitioner is trying to accomplish.

In addition to the needles, there is cupping, warming techniques, massage and salves or patches to use when not on the table. Ear tacs can sometimes be put it to help carry a treatment over for a few days.

Most of my patients have significant relief when they get off the table and the more consistent the treatment is the longer it helps. You should also ask your practitioner about stretching techniques, proper lifting techniques and other ways to help you stay pain free in lieu of your job.
Back pain is one of the most common things people see an acupuncturist for. It is extremely effective and long lasting.

If the pain doesn't respond within 4 or 5 treatments, sometimes my patients also need to see a chiropractor to get the spine off the nerves causing the pain, but once they get a few adjustments, the acupuncture can do its job and we can get rid of the pain.

As far as how it helps, I had to go to school for 4 years to learn that. Tough to explain in a paragraph. Suffice it to say that it's about getting stuck energy unstuck so it doesn't hurt anymore. It's a totally different approach than western medicine, but it certainly wouldn't have lasted as a medical practice for thousands of years if it didn't work. So yes, I would certainly recommend you see an acupuncturist sooner rather than later. The longer you've had a problem, the longer it takes to get to the root of it and fix it.

Hope this helps!!
Combination of acupuncture, cupping, massage are great for pain. Relaxing and releases all those tense muscles. Pain free without taking any pain medications. Enjoy! Thanks
Yes. Acupuncture treatments help relieve back pain.