British Acupuncture Council

Low Back Pain

Acupuncture can help with temporary or short term relief of lower back pain.

In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.

Watch a video of Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Camilla Dallerup talking about acupuncture and back pain.

Watch a video retired R&D manager Peter Spittle and acupuncturist Julie Reynolds talking about how acupuncture helps with his back pain.

Several large clinical trials have been carried out on acupuncture for non-specific, low back pain:

In 2007 MacPherson compared ‘Acupuncture and GP care’ with ‘Usual GP care’ in 241 patients and found that the group who received acupuncture were ”...more likely to report fewer concerns about their back pain, less likely to report current use of analgesics for their pain, and more likely to report no pain for the past 12 months…”. You can read the entire York Acupuncture for Back Pain Trial article here.   

You can read the following news articles on temporary or short term relief of lower back pain:

‘WWII veteran who has suffered back pain since 1945 is finally cured after wife convinces him to have acupuncture’ Mail Online 31/8/12

‘Scott Henshall: I’m scared of needles but acupuncture works’ article by Adrian Lee on the website 16/2/10

How’s your back? BBC Radio 4 - Eddie Mair’s Blog 27/5/09

Needles ‘are best for back pain’, BBC News Online, 25/9/07

You may also want to read the Acupuncture may ease back pain article on the NHS Choices website.



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