Lower Back Pain: Acupuncture and Alternative Therapies


What is Lower Back Pain

Low back pain is the pain between the lower edge of the ribs and the buttock. It can last for a short time (acute), a little longer (sub-acute) or a long time (chronic)The spine is a series of vertebrae forming a flexible rod. This allows us to dance, move and work, tie our shoes, and do all of these wonderful things.

lower back pain

Lumbar spine area


The majority of back injuries occurring around the L4 (fourth lumbar vertebra), L5 (fifth lumbar vertebra), and S1 (first sacral vertebra) joints are often related to the lower part of the spine, known as the lumbar region. Low back pain caused by spinal degeneration and injury. Every system in your body comes with a trade-off, and some rules manage that trade-off. It’s a reminder that there is no perfect solution in biology, and we have evolved within the constraints of environments to strike a balance that enhances our overall fitness and survival. You can read more here about the comprehensive causes of back pain.

The location of the lumbar spine lumbar spine, which bears a significant portion of the body’s weight and is involved in various movements. Various movements that may cause injury include;





Improper movements

Poor lifting techniques

Repetitive stress

Supporting the upper body.

This constant load and movement increase the stress on these lumbar segments, making them more prone to wear and tear. While inflammation is a natural response to injury and tissue damage. Chronic or excessive inflammation can contribute to persistent pain and tissue degeneration. Balancing the inflammatory response is crucial for maintaining overall health.


Preventing lower back pain involves adopting

Healthy habits,

  • Engage in regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, to promote overall fitness.

Maintaining good posture

  • Maintain proper posture while sitting, standing, and lifting

incorporating physical activities that promote the strength and flexibility of the spine.


The treatment of lower back pain depends on the specific cause, severity, and individual factors. Tailoring treatment to the specific cause of pain and addressing contributing factors can optimize outcomes and prevent recurrence.

Acupuncture and Herbs: Acupuncture does two things-  retrains the brain and moves blood. Acupuncture treatment of back pain in this clinic DOES NOT involve insertion of needles into the back.

Rest and Activity Modification :Brief periods of rest can help alleviate acute lower back pain. However, prolonged bed rest is generally discouraged.

Physical Therapy: Physical therapy will improve strength, flexibility, and posture, and to reduce pain.  Use of exercises, stretches, and manual techniques tailored to the individual’s needs.

Posture and Ergonomics: Maintaining good posture and using ergonomic principles, especially when sitting for extended periods, can prevent and alleviate lower back pain.

Core Strengthening: Strengthening the muscles of the core, including the abdominal and back muscles, helps provide better support to the spine.

Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight reduces stress on the spine and can help prevent or alleviate lower back pain.

Mind-Body Techniques:Techniques such as yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness-based stress reduction can help improve flexibility, reduce stress, and promote overall well-being

Manage Stress:. Chronic stress can contribute to muscle tension and exacerbate lower back pain.

Nutrition: Plays a significant role in healing and overall well-being. It can contribute to the overall health of the musculoskeletal system and may help manage inflammation and promote tissue healing. It can contribute to the overall health of the musculoskeletal system and may help manage inflammation and promote tissue healing.

Some traditional foods to assist in strengthening the lumbar area include;

  • Prunes
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • Goji Berries
  • Pears
  • Celtic/Himalayan Sea salt.

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices:

  • Certain herbs and spices, such as turmeric and ginger, have anti-inflammatory properties. Including these in your diet may provide additional support in managing inflammation and pain.
  • Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (found in fatty fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts) and antioxidants (found in fruits and vegetables) to help modulate inflammation.

Limiting Inflammatory Foods:

  • Some foods can promote inflammation, potentially exacerbating pain. These may include highly processed foods, excessive amounts of red meat, and refined sugars.

Magnesium for Muscle Function:

  • Magnesium is important for muscle function and relaxation. Including magnesium-rich foods, such as nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and whole grains, can support muscle health.

Protein for Tissue Repair:

  • Protein is essential for tissue repair and the maintenance of muscle mass.

By incorporating these preventive measures into your lifestyle, you can reduce the risk of lower back pain and promote overall spinal health.

Our professional approach is to determine the most appropriate treatment for individual cases of lower back pain. Tailoring treatment plans to the specific cause of pain and addressing contributing factors can help optimize outcomes and prevent recurrence. Acupuncture has been used for thousand of years to help treating pain and injuries.

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