Hope this helps.
Acupressure mats can be one of alternative home remedies you can use at home. Some small studies show “subjectively relax” benefit of the mats and other study conducted in 2016 reports that “whether or not using the mats for two weeks would help people with chronic back pain.” However, more high-quality research trials are required to evaluate the long-term effect of acupressure mats. It’s highly recommended to consult with a practitioner for a treatment plan that fits your need and utilize the mats as an alternative home treatment.
With any medical supply use, it should be used after consulting with a physician about your condition. You should find out what's really causing the back pain, and treat it accordingly. Consult a physician first before you purchase or use the acupressure mat.
Scott Sang In Lee
There are many different types of Acupressure mat. For moderate to severe pain, acupressure probably won't help as much. Although it will increase circulation to your feet and overall, but if the pain is daily, chronic, unbearable, or "a lot" in your case, it probably won't alleviate it so much to the point you don't need any other treatments. I would certainly get a mat to help with your overall health. I would suggest you get a TDP heat lamp on amazon about $100 or so and lay down and use that instead.
Stacey Ma, L.Ac, M.Ac,
I am not sure what kind of acupressure mat you have, so I could not comment on it. My suggestion is to find an acupuncturist to evaluate what caused your back pain. You can bring your acupressure mat to the clinic and ask if it is safe and effective.
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If you want to see a Licensed Acupuncturist, I do trust them to be safe and effective because they will be able to assess what is happening and where you would need a focus on treatment for your condition. A mat would not be able to asses that or change for you, whereas a human can.
If the mat is inexpensive and you know people who swear by it, go ahead and try it. If you want someone to care for you and help you get better, I again suggest going to a professional Licensed Acupuncturist.
Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture points are not in fixed locations. The actual position of the point varies from person to person and even varies on the same person from day to day. There's no way to guarantee the stimulation from the mat will be delivered to a location that will be useful to you given your issue.
Given that the mats aren't all that expensive, it might be worth a try to see if you can get any relief. Your best bet, however, would probably be to see an actual practitioner of Chinese medicine and have them do an assessment and treatment for your back pain. If you have a problem with needles, just let them know - while needles get the fastest, longest lasting results (at least in my experience), we do have other options for treating pain that don't rely on needles.
Unless you're in California, I'd suggest you start with the "Find a Practitioner" directory at NCCAOM.org. This will give you a list of board certified and state licensed acupuncturists in your area.