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Acupuncture for Back Pain

acupuncture effective for back painBack pain can be ongoing, frustrating and debilitating.  For some, this is a temporary setback, for others, back pain progresses to a chronic disease that seriously diminishes quality of life.  Acupuncture is one of the few non-invasive therapies that have been shown in clinical trials to benefit back pain long-term.  More than just pain relief, acupuncture changes the way the nervous system interacts with the musculoskeletal system to restore balance.  Based on re-establishing coordination of the musculature and fascia, Sports Medicine Acupuncture changes range of motion and strength immediately.  This directly benefits the spine and posture.


Acupuncture shown to trump standard care for back pain relief

The ancient technique of acupuncture helps relieve chronic back pain better than standard care such as medications or physical therapy, according to a new study.

This study of 638 patients published in the Archives of Internal Medicine measured back pain-related problems and dysfunction at eight weeks, a half year, and one year after the treatments.

Those who received acupuncture treatments were more likely than those getting usual care to have a “meaningful” improvement in the dysfunction scale, which reflects the ability to engage in activities of daily living. Overall, 60% of the acupuncture-treated patients, but just 39% of the usual-care group patients, had meaningful improvements in dysfunction, the researchers found.

That translated to those in the acupuncture group being able to do more daily activities, such as going to social functions or performing household tasks, Dr Cherkin tells WebMD.

After a year, those in the acupuncture groups were also more likely than the usual-care group to continue to have improvement in dysfunction, with up to 65% of the acupuncture-treated patients but just 50% of the usual-care patients still reporting improvements.

Another study of 1162 patients over six months published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that acupuncture was almost twice as effective as conventional therapy in alleviating pain (Von Korff Chronic Pain Grade) and benefitting function (Hanover Functional Ability Questionnaire).

Reviews for Acupuncture and Back Pain from Modern Point

I’ve been involved in sports my whole life from swimming in college, running half marathons and a handful of full marathons, to curling competitively. Curling has taken a toll on my hip and after bouncing around between a few chiropractors, massage therapists and orthopedic surgeons, I decided to try acupuncture. Not being a fan of needles (which is possibly why it was the last choice for me), Josh was excellent at making me feel comfortable. I’ve been to many doctors/therapists in my life for a variety of different sport incurred injuries. Josh definitely is one of the best and as far as back and hip pain is concerned, he is the only person that has been able to help me. I have and will continue to refer everyone I know to him.


My back pain is gone, I don’t believe it! You are amazing! I recommend everyone see Sara


I am a workman’s comp patient with chronic back pain. I had tried every therapy unsuccessfully and was facing either pill dependence or a second spinal fusion. I was in pain, unhappy and at the end of my rope.

My life turned around when I met Josh. My skepticism about acupuncture evaporated when I immediately regained the ability to sleep. And it just got better. I now enjoy a quality of life I didn’t believe possible.

I have been gently treated by an insightful, experienced professional whom I cannot recommend highly enough.


I had been thrown from a horse while vacationing in Australia and my right lower back was inflamed and painful. I explained what had happened to Josh and after about 3-4 sessions the pain has completely gone away. In fact, in the middle of one of my treatments as he made adjustments I felt the pain just disappear as he moved my legs. It was amazing to have it just disappear like that. Josh also tries different approaches to see which one would work best for me at that time. I am now a firm believer in the benefits of acupuncture and would highly recommend Josh as a practitioner.



D Cherkin, PhD, et al. A Randomized Trial Comparing Acupuncture, Simulated Acupuncture, and Usual Care for Chronic Low Back Pain. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(9):858-866

M Haake, et al. German Acupuncture Trials (Gerac) For Chronic Low Back PainRandomized, Multicenter, Blinded, Parallel-Group Trial With 3 Groups. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(17):1892-1898.

Back pain includes: low back pain, lumbago, facet joint impingement, soft tissue injury, sciatica, disc herniation, osteophytes, bone spurs, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, kyphosis, scoliosis, spinal chord injury, rib injury, thoracic pain, weakness, numbness, tingling in midback, low back, glutes, hip, legs and feet.

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I love this place! I saw Nicky and she truly feels for her patients. She is wonderful at what she does and makes it a great comfortable and peaceful place. She has helped me so much! I highly recommend her!

- Jessica

My experience with Modern Point Acupuncture has been outstanding.  I was treated by Nicky.  She has a warm and fun personality as well as a vast amount of knowledge.  Her passion for what she does is refreshing since I have been to many other acupuncturists where it is lacking. She truly wants to get to the root of the problem and get you pain relief.  I came to her with a severe antibiotic resistant sinus infection accompanied by chronic migraines.  After one session the pain went down drastically in my face and the migraines were improved.  After about two months of one or two appointments/week the migraines and sinus issues were gone and I was off all medications.  I would highly recommend anyone to her (Nicky), she is amazing at her craft.  Finding Modern Point Acupuncture has been such a blessing!

- C.M.

I have great news!! I'm PREGNANT! It is still hard for me to believe, and I cannot thank you enough! I strongly believe you had a very significant role in this good news :) and am incredibly thankful I came to see you Nicky! You are super great and I am so so happy I came to you!! THANK YOU again!

- B.C.

"I have horrible allergies and have tried acupuncture a little in the past but in the past the acupuncture was performed by a chiropractor. I went to see Lindsay once and then signed up for 10 sessions. It is amazing what acupuncture can do. My favorite is that it totally relaxes you and then you notice things during your day that it has helped with. Lindsay is extremely knowledgable and I have learned so much. It is amazing how certain parts of the body are tied to your eyes, brain, etc. If you have any type of issue go see Lindsay. She is great."

- Korrine

I'm so excited I get to do just that to tell you that I am pregnant!!!!  I just had my 8 week ultrasound today and baby looks good and healthy! Thank you so much for everything that you did for me Nicky! I appreciate it more than you know!

- B.R.

"Lindsay is a very caring and helpful person. She really cares about how her patients feel."

- Cassie

"Adam is the best! Not only is he awesome at what he does, he seems to be a genuinely nice human. He took the time to learn about my embarrassing condition and try to gear my treatment towards that. He was excited to learn about something he didn't know existed, and I very much appreciated that. I'd highly recommend seeing him! Thanks Adam!"

- Amanda D.