Acupuncture: An Effective Solution For Alleviating Back Pain

Center for Acupuncture & Anti-Aging Medicine

Dr. Chianni Lin, DAOM

Acupuncturist & Integrative Medicine Specialist located in Santa Monica, CA

Back pain is the result of a variety of reasons and can cause pain enough to be debilitating. Acupuncture is one of the most widely used alternative medicines throughout the world. Numerous studies have shown its highly effective treatment of back pain. At the Center for Acupuncture & Anti-Aging Medicine in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Chianni Lin uses acupuncture and other complementary treatments to help people relieve their back pain.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can occur for many different reasons. It can come on suddenly or through gradual wear and tear of the spinal structure. Some of the main reasons back pain can flare up include muscle strains, ligament or tendon damage, spinal disc injury, subluxation of vertebrae, or a combination of any of these. The result can be inflammation in the joints or aching in the musculature, both of which can bring about pain, either mild or often debilitating enough to restrict movement and interfere with your favorite activities.

How does acupuncture treat back pain?

To properly treat back pain, the specific cause of the pain must be uncovered, and the health status of the individual experiencing the pain should be evaluated as well. Underlying health issues such as depression, stress, imbalanced nutrition, and lack of physical activity can all impact the severity of back pain. Acupuncture, herbs, meditation, exercise, yoga/qigong, and nutrition have all been proven very effective in the treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Chianni Lin’s integrative approach to treatment combines these methods of treatment in the best way possible to relieve you of your specific back pain.

What are the advantages over conventional treatments?

  1. Minimal Side Effects: Unlike medications, which may cause a range of side effects, from dizziness to gastrointestinal issues, acupuncture poses very few risks when performed by a qualified practitioner.

  2. Holistic Treatment: Acupuncture aims to balance the body as a whole rather than merely masking the symptoms. This holistic approach is likely to lead to better long-term outcomes.

  3. Cost-Effectiveness: Chronic back pain often requires ongoing treatment. Over time, the costs of prescription medications and potential surgeries can add up, making acupuncture a potentially more cost-effective solution for many people.

Can back injuries be prevented?

Back injuries are often the result of an accident. This can often be the result of weakened musculature in the back. If the back muscles grow weak, the support of the spine can become compromised. This is also why gradual wear and tear can also cause back pain. Fortunately, there are ways to take precautions so that you lessen your chances of incurring injury. Increasing physical activity will help to strengthen the muscles in the back and activities like yoga improve flexibility by stretching and lengthening the muscles. Learning how to lift with proper form will also help to keep the back safe from injury when you are carrying something heavy. Always bend at the knees and avoid twisting or moving unnaturally. Dr. Lin offers patients advice and education on supplementation, diet, and exercise through yoga and other movement to improve posture and performance.


Back pain is a pervasive issue that affects people from all walks of life, often disrupting daily activities and lowering quality of life. While traditional Western medicine primarily relies on medications and surgical interventions, acupuncture has emerged as an effective alternative, natural way to address this issue. Dr. Lin has had significant success treating a broad range of patients with back pain.