Back Pain and Acupuncture

Back Pain worries? Have you thought about Acupuncture?

Back pain can affect anyone at any age and most people will suffer from it at some point in their lives. It is the UK’s leading cause of disability and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness absence.

The condition affects more than 1.1 million people in the UK, with 95% of patients suffering from problems affecting the lower back. Back pain currently costs the NHS and community care services more than £1 billion each year*. Lower back pain is caused not by serious damage or disease, but by sprains, muscle strains, minor injuries, or a pinched or irritated nerve. It can also occur during pregnancy, or because of stress, viral infection or a kidney infection. Here at Fountain Therapies, Jenny our British Acupuncture Council registered Acupuncturist maybe able to help.

Research has shown that Acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment and at least as good as (if not better than) standard medical care for back pain (Witt 2006; Haake 2007; Cherkin 2009; Sherman 2009a). It can be used in conjunction with conventional care, for patients with more severe symptoms and for those wishing to avoid taking medication (Sherman 2009a, 2009b; Lewis 2010).

Acupuncture can help back pain by:

  • Providing pain relief

By stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, Acupuncture may release endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987; Zhao 2008).

  • Reduces inflammation

By promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kim 2008, Kavoussi 2007;Zijlstra 2003).

  • Improves muscle stiffness and joint mobility – by increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling and bruising.
  • Support a patient along with medical advise to reducing the use of medication for back complaints (Thomas 2006).
  • Improving the outcome when added to conventional treatments such as rehabilitation exercises (Ammendolia 2008; Yuan 2008).

Jenny see’s a range of different people for back pain.  Completing a full medical questionnaire she is able to select the appropriate Acupuncture treatment for you and support you in achieving better management of pain, discomfort, health and wellbeing.

For more information contact us directly and book a consultation to discuss how Acupuncture maybe help you!


*information provided from The British Acupuncture Council Fact sheets.  For more info – please visit

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