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Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

We offer excellent acupuncture treatments for low back pain and sciatic symptoms.

“Does acupuncture work for low back pain or sciatica?” This is one of the most common questions people ask when they call to find out about acupuncture. And my favorite one to answer! Our practice has successfully treated thousands of people with low back pain and symptoms of sciatica with outstanding results!

Low back pain affects most of us at some point in our lives. It is so common the website eMedicine Health mentions chronic low back pain as second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work with 85%  having no specific medical cause.

Low back pain is often accompanied by sciatic symptoms such as numbness, or tingling, radiating down the buttock or leg. However, not all symptoms are due to pressure on spinal nerves. Symptoms that are not being caused by nerve impingement are almost always treatable with acupuncture and are often completely eliminated. Even spine pain caused by bulging discs, herniation, or spinal stenosis can respond to a series of treatments.

What’s Causing Low Back Pain?

If you have low back pain or sciatic symptoms that are not being caused by pressure on the nerves, then what’s causing it? It could be poor posture or lack of exercise causing strain on the muscles. Maybe you had a previous injury and now have a ‘weak’ back. Posture and core strength are important aspects of healing.

Poor posture and inefficient body mechanics cause muscle strain which may lead to trigger points – tight areas in the muscle that cause radiating pain. Trigger points cause symptoms in either the local area, such as the low back, or into the buttock and down the leg, even into the foot. Sciatic symptoms can be caused by trigger points in the muscles of the low back and gluteals. Low back muscles can cause trigger points that radiate pain as well. For most people, low back pain and sciatic symptoms are mild and go away on their own.

Unfortunately for others, they become an ongoing problem affecting every area of their lives. If your pain is more serious and you’ve been diagnosed with one of the following conditions, we can help.

  • Arthritis
  • Bulging Disc
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spondylolythesis
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Stenosis or Scoliosis.

How Can Acupuncture Help?

Even these causes of low back pain can be relieved using acupuncture. If the back is not too severely injured, acupuncture can provide relief, either reducing the symptoms or eliminating them altogether. Acupuncture can reduce the amount of medication needed while your back is healing. Many who have been diagnosed with the conditions listed above, experience remarkable benefit from a series of acupuncture treatments.

Do you have low back pain? Don’t suffer another minute. Call today and get started on the road to health and freedom from pain.

Success Story

I’ve had chronic mid back pain for the last 10+ years. I’ve seen countless doctors and have never received a diagnosis or relief until I met Margaret at Inner Light. For the first time in forever I can go about my day without constant nagging pain. I only wish I would have come sooner!

— Taylor C

What Other Types of Chronic Pain Does Acupuncture Treat?

Whether you suffer from debilitating back pain and can’t pick up your grandchildren, can’t go up the stairs because of your knees, or are bothered by that chronic ache in your shoulder blades when you work on the computer, we can help!

We have successfully treated patients with severe pain symptoms such as spinal stenosis, nerve pain, sciatica and more. Let us help you live with less pain, better movement, and improved function so YOU can get back to doing the things you love.

  • Joints
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bursitis – Tendonitis
  • TMJ
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff
  • CRPS
  • AMPS

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

At your first visit, we will go over your symptoms and health history to determine if you are a candidate for care. Then we will recommend a customized treatment plan with just the right combination of acupuncture therapies that work best for your unique symptoms. You may receive treatment on your first visit.

Treatment frequency will vary based on your specific condition however, most people start with three visits per week for the first few weeks then move to two visits per week. Once you are improving between the visits, we reduce the frequency until you are on once per month maintenance visits. Patients who follow this protocol achieve long lasting results with even the most chronic and stubborn conditions.

How Soon Will I See Results?

Most patients report improvement after several weeks of care. Remember, chronic pain has been with you for some time. Achieving relief can depend on many variables such as the underlying cause, your current health status, medications, diet and lifestyle. Rest assured, we see at least an 85% success rate for our patients receiving acupuncture for chronic pain.

Get back to doing the things you love…with acupuncture!

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