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What alternative healing practices can reduce my back pain?

I'm a 35 year old male and my back always hurts, mainly because of my job. What alternative healing practices can reduce my back pain? Will acupuncture work?

30 Answers

Acupuncture, Chinese Tuina, and cupping, etc.
Acupuncture will help. Qigong exercise can help along with any stretching exercises that will also strengthen the back. Working on proper posture while at work a good chair if you are sitting and good shoes if you are standing is super important.
Acupuncture, Yoga, Chiropractic adjustments... acupuncture works for most people and I would include it in my own healing plan if it were me, but a combination of the above is best.
Hello and thank you for our question! Acupuncture is great for pain! Acupuncture triggers your brain to release natural pain killer cells while also producing a microtrauma to the area of pain, allowing for better circulation of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the area, thereby reducing pain. Your practitioner may choose to use an adjunctive modality, such as cupping or electrical stimulation, to help enhance the benefits of acupuncture as well.
If you are experiencing tight, tense muscles, acupuncture can help relieve some of that tension. There are also empirical acupuncture points used to target muscles and tendons specifically. Loosening up surrounding tissues may help take pressure off the spine. Consulting a DPT could also be helpful, as they can provide some back strengthening and stabilizing exercises/stretches.
Acupuncture should combine with massage and herbs
Acupuncture and exercise help with back pain
Thank you so much for your question. Acupuncture works extremely well in the management of chronic back pain. You may also consider using heat to relax muscles and cold to reduce inflammation. Yoga has also proven to be helpful. Last but not least, be sure you are well hydrated at work.
Yes acupuncture can help alleviate back pain as it increases blood flow to your muscles to help alleviate stiffness and pain.
It is usually recommended: to create a better set up in your work environment (Ergonomics), to exercise if your job is sedentary. If the pain is unbearable and you cannot exercise, choosing acupuncture will provide you some relief and it will guide you toward a better lifestyle.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Thank you for your question,

Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful for low back pain. It’s important that you have a complete medical evaluation regarding your back pain to make sure that there’s not any medical conditions that can be treated otherwise by a medical doctor.

Kind regards,

Dr. B

Acupuncture works great for any back pain, for any causes or diagnosis. Please contact your local acupuncturist.


Scott Sang In Lee
There are several good quality papers published on acupuncture as being a very effective treatment option for painful conditions. It is important, however, to seek out an acupuncturist who has an orthopedic focus in their practice.
Yes, Acupuncture will be helpful for your back pain.
Back pain is the #1 reason of seeking acupuncture based on CDC statistics. It works well in addition to Rx. Stretching, heating pad, hot bath, massage therapy, Yoga, Pilates, swimming, etc., all help or reduce back pain.
Acupuncture is fantastic for back pain, but other modalities used in Eastern Medical practices that would also help are Gua Sha (scraping technique) and cupping.
Yes, it can. It is extremely effective to reduce the pain.
Pain is my specialty and where the most of my time is spent researching and treating patients in my practice. I love treating physical body pain, because when it works, holistic approaches such as acupuncture with electrical stimulation, homeopathic injection therapy using Arnica, Gelsemium, etc to treat swelling and nerve pain, work extremely well. Herbal Medicine may also be recommended when there is blood stagnation causing the pain to remain without relief.
Acupuncture is your best bet, followed by massage and Chiropractic or Osteopathic treatments. There is also stretching techniques and of course proper lifting/ergonomic positioning to keep you from having the back pain in the first place. Sleeping properly, resting properly, eating properly, as well as stretching properly and using proper body mechanics is the key to prevention.

Acupuncture will help you reset and massage will help your muscles stay relaxed. In severe cases you may need an Osteopath to realign you, but then the massage, acu and preventions should be the main focus.

Good luck.
Acupuncture is very effective in alleviating physical pain. You may also want to try massage, rolfing, reflexology, yoga, Pilates (pain and muscle tension can also be from a weakness in your muscles), and reiki.

I recommend applying heat and doing some gentle stretching to alleviate the pain at home. Be careful with at-home devices that apply deep pressure to your muscles. This may feel good in the moment but you leave yourself vulnerable to injury because it goes too deep.
Yes, acupuncture treatment will work well for you.
Yes acupuncture will help
Yes, acupuncture can probably help reduce your back pain. In fact, acupuncture along with several other non-invasive treatments are now first-line recommendations for back pain according to the American College of Physicians. If you're not in CA, go out to and use their "Find a Practitioner" to look up a list of acupuncturists near you.
Yes, Acupuncture has three pillars. One is the needles, another is the herbs, and the third is Tui Na ( Massage). We have to check what is the best approach in your case and start treatment at once.

Be well, be confident, we can help.
Acupuncture works great for back pain! Other alternatives during work is getting up to stretch every hour, good posture, and decrease the amount of time being on your phone.
Back pain was one of the first things that the National Institute of Health listed acupuncture to treat. There are many causes of back pain, but acupuncture works really well for most of them.

If I haven't made significant progress in 5 or 6 treatments, I usually suggest my patients go find a chiropractor because my lack of progress usually means they need a spinal adjustment. After a few adjustments, the acupuncture can start doing its work.
Acupuncture can help reduce back pain. However, you must learn to move in ways that put less pressure on the weakened area. It is also necessary to perhaps change jobs and work type for a long-term strategy of optimal health.