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East Lake Acupuncture

Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Back Pain

Back pain and low back pain are two of the most common complaints from patients who visit Eastlake Acupuncture & Massage. In fact, according to the American Chiropractic Association1, one half of all working Americans report suffering from back pain or low back pain each year and about 80% of all Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives.

If you are suffering with back pain or low back pain, then you know how it can significantly impede your ability to engage in activity, work performance and overall quality of life. You may have tried to ignore the problem, popped a couple of pain pills or even spoken to your doctor about back surgery.

Before you go under the knife, try going under the needle! Both the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society suggest that patients suffering from back pain and their doctors should consider acupuncture for back pain treatment.

Acupuncture and Back Pain

At Eastlake Acupuncture & Massage, we regularly perform acupuncture on patients who suffer from chronic back pain or pain as a result of injury or accident.  Whatever the cause, scientific research, as well as the results we’ve seen with our own patients, has shown that acupuncture can significantly reduce back pain for a large amount of patients who undergo regular treatment.

The Science of Acupuncture and Back Pain

Scientists still haven’t quite figured out how and why acupuncture works, but they have found significant evidence that it can help patients manage back pain. In 2009, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that when research subjects suffering from back pain were divided to groups receiving acupuncture or usual care treatment (pain medication and physical therapy), 60% of the acupuncture patients reported meaningful improvement, while only 39% of the usual care patients had similar positive results. After a year of treatment, 65% of the acupuncture patients reported continuing improvement compared to 50% of the usual-care patients who had initially reported improvements2.

In 2005, a research team from The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Peninsula Medical School analyzed 22 double-blind studies that compared acupuncture treatments to sham treatments for low back pain. The studies analyzed clearly indicated that acupuncture was an effective therapy that provided significant pain relief. The researchers also found that acupuncture provided relief in the short term as well as the long term.

Need more proof that acupuncture works to help relieve back pain and low back pain? Schedule an appointment with Eastlake Acupuncture & Massage. We proudly service the communities of Chula Vista, Bonita and San Diego3. 


  1. http://www.acatoday.org/level2_css.cfm?T1ID=13&T2ID=68

  2. http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20090511/acupuncture-may-ease-chronic-back-pain?page=1
  3. http://www.umm.edu/news/releases/back_pain.htm