How can acupuncture help treat lower back pain?

Millions of Americans experience lower back (lumbar) pain in their spine, which damages their quality of life. With the seemingly endless treatment options available, it can be overwhelming to find something that works best for your specific condition. Many people have tried holistic treatments, such as acupuncture for lower back conditions and found it helpful in relieving debilitating symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling and weakness.

Conservative treatments for lower back conditions

Not only is the lower back especially susceptible to damage and decline because of all the weight it supports, but it also has the added responsibility of being involved in all of the body’s arching, bending and twisting movements. A lifetime of activity takes its toll and as the spinal discs begin to wear down, nerve compression develops and commonly leads to lower back pain.

One of the most uncomfortable and debilitating conditions of the lumbar spine is sciatica, which is pain that radiates from the lower back all the way down to the back of one’s leg. This type of pain is radiculopathic, meaning it follows the exact path of a nerve. There are a variety of alternative treatment methods, including acupuncture, which can be used to achieve lower back pain relief.

Benefits of acupuncture for lower back pain relief

Acupuncture focuses on the idea that overall body health is imperative to healing local pain. This treatment starts off with a physical exam, followed by a practitioner taking your pulse to monitor your blood flow as well as your hydration and stress levels. A practitioner will then take a look at your tongue, as ancient Chinese medicine believes that it is a representation of the entire body. The final step is stimulating specific points along the skin of the body using thin needles to relieve stress and reduce pain.

This technique can be associated with the application of heat, pressure or laser light to these points. Acupuncture is based on the theory that energy is constantly traveling through our bodies, and when we’re healthy, that energy is perfectly balanced. However, when those energy levels become worn-out, illness ensues.

Potential benefits of acupuncture for lower back pain relief include:

  • Increased circulation
  • Decreased levels of stress
  • Improved immune system
  • Pain relief
  • More energy and vitality

Acupuncture can be combined with other noninvasive treatment options, such as pain medication, physical therapy and low-impact exercises like yoga to help relieve lower back pain. If weeks or months of these treatments do not put an end to your lower back pain symptoms, it may be time to discuss a more aggressive treatment such as the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute.

Minimally invasive treatment for lower back conditions

If your back pain is too severe for conservative treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our state-of-the-art procedures, which have patients up and walking within a few hours after surgery.^
We can treat the source of your lower back pain on an outpatient basis through our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, our procedures are often the clinically appropriate first choice and provides many advantages over traditional open neck or back surgery, such as a less than 1-inch incision and no lengthy recovery.^ We have helped more than 75,000 patients to date find relief from their debilitating lower back conditions.

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today for more information and request a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.