Acupuncture for Back Pain

Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for back pain, especially low back pain. It's gaining more and more popularity as it becomes more recognized, understood, and researched in western medicine. Acupuncture involves using small needles at targeted areas in the body that are densely packed with nerve endings or have contracted muscle fibers called trigger points. Most of the acupuncture points for back pain are located at or near the site of pain in the back. However, some acupuncture points for back pain are trigger points in the muscles and tissues surrounding your spine. Acupuncture for back pain helps relieve pain and improve ability to move and function, things that may be hard to imagine if you've been suffering with back pain for an extended period or if you haven't found adequate relief with other treatments.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

One question patients with back pain often wonder before trying acupuncture is "Does acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture for back pain can sometimes be painful, but most of the time it is painless or only painful for a moment when the needle is inserted. It really depends on each individual patient and their specific case of back pain. Most patients find the whole acupuncture treatment experience relieving for chronic or acute back pain. Our acupuncture providers are spine and joint experts, so they use acupuncture for back pain daily. Their experience using acupuncture for back pain allows them to tailor treatment to each specific patient, taking in their pain tolerance and threshold. Overall, the answer to this question is acupuncture isn't typically going to hurt, and if it does, it's typically mild and only momentary.

Does Acupuncture Work?

Whether a patient asks me directly or not, I can usually tell they're wondering "Does acupuncture work?" It's a great question, because acupuncture is still considered by many an "alternative" treatment and alternative treatments often carry a stigma as being not as effective or mysterious. Add in the fact that patients considering acupuncture for back pain have often already tried conventional treatments like medical care, pain relievers, chiropractic care, or physical therapy and you can see why "Does acupuncture work?" is a common question.


The good news is that acupuncture does work for back pain. You don't even have to take my word for it, because scientific studies have proven it. A Cochrane Review, an review that groups a bunch of studies together to get the most evidence, and then analyzes it and makes a decision, found acupuncture for back pain provided significant pain relief and functional improvement. This means that acupuncture for back pain can not only relieve back pain but also improve your functional ability to do certain things. There are numerous other studies that that support acupunctures effectiveness for back pain and show it's more effective, even when compared to sham "fake" acupuncture.

Acupuncture Near Me

AccessHealth Chiropractic Center provides acupuncture in Cary at their Old Apex Road chiropractic and acupuncture office. If you're looking for acupuncture in Apex or acupuncture in Raleigh, AccessHealth is also a close and convenient place to go. Regular acupuncture appointments last 30 minutes, with the first acupuncture appointment lasting roughly 60 minutes as the provider will perform an exam. Our provider will discuss a trial of care that includes a short number of visits to see if acupuncture for back pain is effective and the right treatment in your case. Our clinic always offers free consultations on acupuncture for back pain or other conditions as well! Give our chiropractic and acupuncture clinic a call today to set one up!