Back Pain

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Back pain is a leading reason for time off from work, and at some point in time most of us will experience at least one occurrence. Fortunately it is often self limiting with rest and time.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are very effective in treating back pain as an early intervention, as well as in cases where other treatments have had limited results or have failed. As a holistic practitioner, I will address the root cause(s), as well as any other issues: such as systemic inflammation, and metabolic disorders will be addressed with the goal of resolution, not just temporary relief.

Acupuncture works on several levels. Scientifically, it has been proven to stimulate the body to produce its own morphine, called endorphins, as well as serotonin, substance P, etc. Therefore most people will benefit, and get, at a minimum short term pain relief. It will also enhance local tissue and microcirculation, which helps to reduce inflammation and promote actual tissue healing. Stimulation of a needle into a tight muscle will help it to relax and release. In chronic cases, it can also promote increased tone in the muscle, in order to restore normal functioning. Most people report significant improvement in sleep and energy as a result of treatment as well.

In events of significant trauma, such as motor vehicle accidents, many people remain in “Fight or Flight,” their muscles and nervous system may retain muscle spasm and soft tissue tightness despite the fact that there may not be any nerve, joint, or actual structural damage. Acupuncture works on the nervous system to balance and calm this.  More people should consider this a first choice for pain relief, and begin exercise only after the acute pain of the trauma is adequately managed.

Most often, back pain is caused by myofascial pain –  muscle and soft tissue injury. There is a 70-80% correlation between acupuncture, motor, and myofascial trigger points.  As I tell my patients, Acupuncture can reach where fingers can’t. Acupuncture is also a much more comfortable treatment than acupressure, as well as more systemic because of its effect on the nervous system.  Having worked in Physical Therapy for many years, I find the combination of Acupuncture and Myofascial/Soft tissue massage works faster, especially in more chronic conditions.  Patient education in pain management, nutrition/supplements, and behavior modification is included to promote quicker and longer lasting relief.

I have treated back pain in the Huntington Beach area for over 17 years in both Physical Therapy and later as an Acupuncturist. I receive many referrals from local physicians: orthopedic spine specialists and pain management.

Lisa Gibilie, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.


Huntington Beach, CA. 92648

(714) 313-5506

Category: Back Pain

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