Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain

We spe­cial­ise in Japanese acu­punc­ture for lower back pain as this con­di­tion is so per­vas­ive today.

In this video, I ex­plain how I use Japanese acu­punc­ture to al­le­vi­ate and re­move lower back pain. There is a grow­ing list of ail­ments of the 21st Century and lower back pain is one of the more prom­in­ent.

Lower back pain is a very com­mon con­di­tion seen in our acu­punc­ture clin­ic. Over the last 30 years I would have seen thou­sands of people com­ing to our clin­ic with lower back pain – with vari­ous levels of prob­lems ran­ging from a dull, con­stant, nag­ging ache to ex­cru­ci­at­ing, ag­on­ising pain that makes it very dif­fi­cult for the pa­tient to move.

I’ve found in my time as an acu­punc­ture prac­ti­tion­er that Japanese acu­punc­ture can be very be­ne­fi­cial for people suf­fer­ing from lower back pain. Initially, acu­punc­ture re­lieves the pain and makes the pa­tient more com­fort­able. However, in the long term, we are ad­dress­ing the fun­da­ment­al im­bal­ances that con­trib­ute to this really de­bil­it­at­ing con­di­tion.

I my­self have ex­per­i­enced lower back pain and have ac­tu­ally had acu­punc­ture treat­ment from a num­ber of my stu­dents, in­clud­ing my daugh­ter. In all situ­ations, I have found that the acu­punc­ture has come to the res­cue really won­der­fully for me. With re­gards the pa­tients I have seen in the acu­punc­ture clin­ic, many have gained great re­lief.

There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent scen­ari­os with lower back pain. There’s the dull, nag­ging ache which will con­stantly plague the in­di­vidu­al and not so much de­bil­it­ate the pa­tient, but erode their qual­ity of life. This is what we know in Oriental medi­cine as the kid­ney de­fi­ciency syn­drome and it’s re­lated very much to the con­sti­tu­tion of the in­di­vidu­al and their life­style. This dull back ache can be the pre­curs­or to severe lower back pain.

People who suf­fer severe lower back pain ex­per­i­ence a sharp pain when they bend over and find it is dif­fi­cult to straighten up. For ex­ample, when I was at Los Angeles air­port, I bent over to pick up my suit­case and felt a sud­den pain in my lower back and real­ised I had to be care­ful.

One of the key factors in the acu­punc­ture treat­ment of lower back pain is to see the pa­tient as soon as pos­sible af­ter the pain be­comes prom­in­ent. This helps us stop the situ­ation de­teri­or­at­ing in­to a very severe, de­bil­it­at­ing situ­ation and helps us re­solve the back prob­lem quick­er be­cause we are ob­vi­ously deal­ing with the lower back pain in a more ex­pedi­ent man­ner.

Interestingly, the acu­punc­ture tech­niques used for lower back pain are ex­tremely gentle and we use a heat­ing sub­stance to warm the back. Most pa­tients re­spond to the heat­ing sub­stance, known as moxi­bus­tion, in a very, very pos­it­ive way and in­vari­ably com­ment on how much bet­ter they feel at the end of the treat­ment. I ex­pect that a per­son suf­fer­ing from lower back pain will ex­per­i­ence a con­sid­er­able amount of re­lief from the acu­punc­ture treat­ment, in­clud­ing moxi­bus­tion.

From these back con­di­tions we move to the very de­bil­it­at­ing lower back pain that has res­ul­ted in sci­at­ica where the pain shoots down the leg and causes a numb, nervy, burn­ing, neur­al pain in the lower part of the leg, be­hind the knee, in the ham­string and down in­to the toes. This con­di­tion can be a con­stant nag­ging is­sue for people try­ing to lead a nor­mal life­style.

With acu­punc­ture, I have also treated people with severe pro­lapses of the in­terver­teb­ral discs which have con­trib­uted very much to their lower back pain.

I have also treated people who have had sur­gery (lam­in­ec­tom­ies where the ac­tu­al disc ma­ter­i­al has been re­moved), to help them re­cov­er from the sur­gic­al pro­cess and also to main­tain equi­lib­ri­um and bal­ance in the lower back post sur­gery. This is very im­port­ant be­cause once the in­terver­teb­ral disc is re­moved, then the tend­ency for the discs above and be­low the point of sur­gery to de­teri­or­ate in­creases sig­ni­fic­antly. So everything the pa­tient can do to main­tain the in­teg­rity of the lower back is very im­port­ant.

In a nut­shell, I’ve found Japanese acu­punc­ture for lower back pain to be in­cred­ibly ef­fect­ive.

To ex­per­i­ence the very pos­it­ive ef­fects of acu­punc­ture for lower back pain, please vis­it our acu­punc­ture clin­ic: