Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain

Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain Rego Park, QueensYou are probably reading this because you have tried everything to help your back pain and nothing has helped or the relief was only temporary. Advil, chiropractic, physical therapy, cortisone shots, muscle relaxers, hot packs, cold packs etc. Nothing seems to be helping.  Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints an acupuncturist treats. Acupuncture can be extremely helpful for lower back pain.  Lower back pain is also one of the leading causes of job disability in the United States. I occasionally suffer from lower back myself and acupuncture is usually what gets me feeling ok again.  The pain can be very frustrating.   For me I would have trouble standing straight or on occasion trouble walking.  Not fun. Many patients come to the office in Mamaroneck looking for acupuncture treatment to relieve their lower back pain.  Most cases are treated successfully.

causes of lower back pain

There are many causes of back pain and there are also many different ways to treat it.  Poor posture, poor diet, improper lifting, obesity, scoliosis, trauma, herniated disc, disc degeneration, kidney stones,tumor, pregnancy, stress, arthritis, autoimmune issues(fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus etc.),improper exercise, improper shoes or bed, etc.  From a Chinese Medicine perspective we also have Kidney weakness, exposure to certain environment (cold, damp etc.), blood stagnation, digestive issues, etc.  Not only are there many different types of back pain but the acupuncture points and/or the herbal medicines used will be different for each case.  Each patient has treatment designed specifically to fit their needs.


symptoms of lower back pain

The symptoms of lower back pain are:

  • Aching, soreness, sharp pain
  • Numbness and or tingling in the leg or foot.
  • Muscle tightness in back and legs
  • Decreased range of motion

For both acute and chronic low back pain acupuncture can be very helpful to reduce inflammation and pain.  Acupuncture is also great to help relax and loosen the muscles in the lower back.  Acupuncture is great for increasing circulation to the muscles, tendons and even bones of the spine.  Many patients are often amazed at how helpful acupuncture can be for lower back pain.  For more serious cases of lower back pain Chinese herbal medicine (internal and external), cupping, massage, gua sha, exercise etc. are often included in the treatment.

Dr. Tan and Master Tung Acupuncture For Lower Back Pain

I mostly practice the Balance Method and Master Tung styles of acupuncture.  Both of these systems are known for very quick relief of pain.  Many times patients will notice significant changes in their pain during the first few visits.  Sometime the shifts of pain come within seconds or minutes.  Using these styles of treatment on my patients has produced miraculous results and many patients often avoid invasive surgery. 

Recent lower back pain case

Recently I have been treating a case of lower back pain at my office in Mamarinecj.  The patient wakes up with with stiffness and a dull ache in his lower back.  He cannot bend forward without feeling stiffness and pain. He was in a car accident a few months ago and since then he has been to a chiropractor.  The chiropractic adjustments only gave him temporary relief.  Besides his back pain the patient also suffers from high blood pressure, constipation, upper back and neck tension and occasional headaches.  For this patient I focused on using acupuncture to not only relieve his back pain but to also relieve his upper back and neck tension as well.  Diet and lifestyle advice has been included in his treatment to improve his constipation.  After a few treatments his back is doing much better.  He is feeling more relaxed and his bowel movements are becoming more regular.  He is very happy with the outcome.

Many patients are often surprised at how much acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help with not only their physical pain but it can also help tremendously in improving overall health.  This includes sleep, digestion, mood etc.  In the office in Rego Park all patients are looked at as an individual and treatment is designed to meet the specific needs of each patient.

Give me a call today at (914) 772-4044 to make an appointment at the Mamaroneck office to discuss your health concerns and we can figure out the best plan of action for you.


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What to Expect From Acupuncture Treatment

330447383_6a9b134a27_mMost people come to our acupuncture office in Mamaroneck, New York because they are in pain or experiencing some sort of physical or emotional discomfort.  Overcoming illness whether it be physical or emotional takes time.  It took some time for you to feel this way and it will take some time for you to feel better.  At our office we look at our patients as a whole and not as a single symptom.  This means we not only work with you on your main complaint but we try and make you as healthy as possible. Physically, emotionally and mentally.    Reducing stress and anxiety, improving your mood, improving your overall sleep quality, improving digestion or any other things that might be bothering you.  Throughout the course of treatment various modalities may be used.  Including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tuina, gua sha, cupping, exercise etc.  Dietary and lifestyle advice will be included as well.

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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine For Insomnia


     I know what you are feeling.  It is 2:00 in the morning and you need to be up by 7:00am.  You have been tossing and turning for hours.    You are frustrated and do not understand why you cannot sleep.  If you are reading this you are in the right place.  I totally understand.  Growing up my father had terrible insomnia.  He could not sleep past 1:00 in the morning.  At 1:00 every morning he would wake up.  With my help he has seen much much improvement in his sleep.  If you are looking for some decent sac time you should read on.  Hopefully you will find some of the information about acupuncture and Chinese medicine helpful. continue reading »

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Watermelon A Great Summer Snack


In Chinese, watermelon is called 西瓜 (pronounced she gua). 西瓜 translates as western melon. In Chinese medical thought watermelon can be used to treat or prevent mild summer heat disease. Now you might be asking, what is summer heat disease? Summer heat disease usually manifests as a general aversion to heat, irritability, sweating, headache, scanty-dark urine, thirst, rapid pulse. The tongue tip and sides may also be red. The summer heat pathogen enters the body and cooks off the fluids in your body. One of the easiest ways to prevent this problem is to eat watermelon or drink the juice                                                                                                    made from watermelon.

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Cool Off This Summer With Mung Bean Soup


According to the Chinese calendar summer started May 6th this year. Today in Mamaroneck it was actually very warm.  Many of the acupuncture clients were complaining about how hot it is outside.  So I thought it would be appropriate to write this post since the days are already getting longer and pretty soon it will be hot and muggy in the Northeast. As you have seen in my prior posts drinking cold water is not the best way to cool down in the summer months. Drinking cold water will initially make you feel cooler but it will actually make your body feel hotter because the cold will cause your pores to contract.

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