Acupuncture for Stress Induced Back Pain

This is the fourth article in a series focusing on acupuncture for back pain.

Car accidents, injuries, and training are not the only reason people develop back pain. Stress is also be a significant cause of back pain. Acupuncture is very effective for stress induced back pain because it can address both the physical and mental aspects of the cause of the pain.

This patient came to me with chronic back pain on the lower left side. When I asked where the pain was specifically, she pointed to the sacro iliac joint. This is a very common location for lower … Read More

An Athletic Back Pain

Back pain commonly challenges serious athletes.   This post discusses a young man who was training for a marathon when he developed back pain.  He came to my office for electro-acupuncture.

This patient came to me after developing back pain while training for a marathon.  He was building up strength and running time when he developed pain in the lower back on the right side.  The pain was most intense after running and sometimes traveled down through the butt.  Back stiffness and spasms were also a problem.

After a visit to his orthopedist and an MRI, he was diagnosed with a … Read More

Car Accident Back Pain

This is the second article in a series focusing on acupuncture for the treatment of back pain.

This is a case explaining how acupuncture can treat back pain after a car accident.

The patient is a young man in his early thirties who came to me for acupuncture for his back pain after being in a car accident.  The car accident had occurred over 2 years before he began treatment.  Despite therapy, the pain persisted.  The pain and tightness was focused in his lower back that sometimes radiated down his legs.

His back pain was very persistent, although he … Read More

Acupuncture’s Unique Treatment of Back Pain

People with back pain often find relief in acupuncture after other treatments have not worked.

From a Chinese medicine and acupuncture point of view, this is because the underlying imbalance was not corrected.  A successful treatment must be tailored specifically to what is going on with your back.

Physiologically, it is because acupuncture works holistically with the body, address many levels of the pain and condition.  It works to relax the muscles, stimulate healing in the connective tissues, and reset the nervous system.

What are the imbalances that would need correcting?

There is an old saying in Acupuncture.  “When there … Read More

All About Acupuncture for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Over the years I have used acupuncture to treat many patients for neck and shoulder pain.  My approach is unique assessing the strength of the energy and using acupuncture and acupressure to correct it.

Here are the best posts explaining the theory and treatment of acupuncture for neck and shoulder pain as well as stretches and exercises you can do at home.

How acupuncture works for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Stretches and Exercises for Shoulder and Neck … Read More

Acupuncture and Pain Relief

For many years now, researchers have been looking at how acupuncture works for pain relief.  Often these acupuncture studies will use an fMRI scanner that tracks activity and blood flow in the brain.

A recent study coming out of Germany, which was presented yesterday at the Radiological Society of North America, at the showed that acupuncture regulates the pain mechanism in brain as well as the expectation of pain relief in the brain.

Normal people without pain received electric shocks on one of their feet.    On the other foot, they used acupuncture to try to block this pain reaction.  Looking … Read More

Shoulder and Neck Pain Treatments

In this post, I will wrap up my series on acupuncture for shoulder pain with two cases, one about an athlete and the other a retired New Yorker.

The Athlete with a Pain in the Neck

This patient is a serious athlete in his mid 30’s.  He exercised five times per week, lifting weights in the gym, bike riding, and playing a number of organized sports.  After an injury a few months before, he began to develop pain and stiffness in the right side of his neck.  The pain was worse after lifting weights as well as after cycling.

When … Read More

3 Reasons Acupressure Works for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture for shoulder pain is most effective when it is combined with acupressure.  Acupressure, also called Tui Na or Chinese medical massage, has a wide range of styles.   I studied in China with Dr. Xiao, who was famous for his unique Tui Na technique.  He focused on the rolling technique which has a particular ability to relieve shoulder pain.

Tui na, as part of Chinese medicine, uses massage techniques to stimulate acupuncture points and channels.   Dr. Xiao’s technique is unique, because it not only uses his hands in the rolling, but he also make the wrist very flexible.  This unique … Read More

Acupuncture Therapy for Neck and Shoulder Pain

The neck and shoulders are thoroughly integrated.  So much so that pain in your neck often comes from trigger points on your shoulder. This is why I treat the neck and shoulders together with acupuncture.

Chronic neck and shoulder pain is a very common problem in contemporary society from computer overuse, stress, and poor posture.

The acupuncture will deeply relax the muscles and related trigger points in the neck and shoulder.  Acupuncture treatment often leads to long term pain relief.

For most people, neck and shoulder pain develops over time. At one point, your body was healthy and pain free. … Read More

3 Essential Back Stretches

This is the third post about how to treat back pain with acupuncture.

Back stretches and exercises are helpful to loosen your back and keep it pain free.  I use them in conjunction with acupuncture.

Here are three stretches to loosen your back, relieve tightness, and prevent pain.  Go slowly and don’t overdo it in order to avoid injury.


Bouncing is a great way to loosen up the back.  Place your hands on your lower back and gently bounce at the knees.   If you have tight spots, make your hand into a fist and massage them out.

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