Back PainWhen it comes to pain management, acupuncture really outshines the rest as the most effective approach for fast results. In our office, we treat pain several times a day and most of them; patients suffering from back pain, whether it’s upper back, mid back or low back, we spend a lot of time using acupuncture for back pain.  And probably the most treatments would be specific to acupuncture for low back pain.

In Chinese medicine, the sign of pain is merely a blockage or stagnation in an area of a meridian; picture it like a traffic jam on the freeway. When a strain, sprain, injury, repetitive stress issue or any number of things occurs there is a blockage of Qi (Energy) and Blood. These two vital substances, which are necessary for circulation, cannot nourish the area so in turn, inflammation, weakness or pain will be experienced, it’s the body’s way of sending a signal to the brain that says “something is not right here!”

Using acupuncture for back pain is a perfect treatment since it easily opens this blockage, allowing the smooth flow of Qi and Blood once again to heal the area, when the area is healed, the pain disappears.

A valid question that patient’s ask is “How many acupuncture treatments will I need?” It all depends on the individual and how long or how severe the issue is, in addition each person’s rate of response can be completely different. We estimate 80% of patient’s have relief after the very first treatment; from there it’s a matter of how long an individual ‘holds’ their treatment. In the office we say, “When the pain comes back, you come back!” That could be a day or a week, depending on the nature of the pain, but also the individual’s daily activities, this will certainly feed the healing process or in some cases take away from it.

One thing that really sets us apart from other acupuncturists is when we treat a patient with acupuncture for back pain, we NEVER put the needles where the patient is experiencing pain. Within the Taiwanese style of acupuncture, this would cause trauma to an already traumatized area, instead we trust the meridian system and treat distally or away from the pain. This dredges the pathway or meridian, thereby clearing the inflammation locally and creating a clear path for healing. A common question, especially for nervous first timers, is where do you put the needles? When we are using acupuncture for back pain or acupuncture for lower back pain, we usually treat the hands, the back of the hand specifically. The hands are a direct image to the low back area.

Acupuncture and back pain go hand in hand. Pain can be one of the most debilitating things experience and acupuncture provides you with an opportunity to regain your quality of life again without surgery or endless medications.