Low Back Pain
(San Diego, Calif, USA)
I have been having acupuncture for low back pain for almost a year now, some weeks once a week, some twice. I have had 13 back surgeries so my back is a mess. Sometimes after the treatment I feel really good then there are times I am in pain all the time. The treatments last for 20-30 minutes on Tuesdays and Fridays. I want my muscles in my lower back to be rid of the spasms. It’s hard for me to walk unless I use a walker. I’m 68 years old. Any suggestions?
Matthew reply: Hi Jim, my best suggestion for low back pain relief is to try ear acupuncture. Does your acupuncturist also do this? Ear acupuncture, or auriculotherapy, involves treating points on the ear only, i.e. the external ear surface.
All acupuncturists will know about this but not all of them do it. Some just treat points on the body. Auriculotherapy is an outstanding treatment for pain. Over the years I have had regular, body acupuncture for my own low back pain and it has been tremendous BUT auriculotherapy has been even better.
For example, with regular acupuncture I usually still have pain near my tailbone when ever I sit down for too long and auriculotherapy has eliminated this completely. I've done a lot of traveling in the past month and this would normally have caused pain in my lower back and tailbone due to all the sitting but auriculotherapy meant I had NO pain.
So, my best suggestion for you is to immediately contact your acupuncturist to see if he/she does auriculotherapy. If not I strongly advise you to find someone who does. Treating points on the ear for low back pain, and other problems, is not a complicated process and in many cases needles are not necessary - there are battery powered acupoint stimulators, lasers and other tools which do just as good, if not a better, job.
If you cannot find an acupuncturist who does auriculotherapy, go to this site: Miridiatech.com (click Community then Find a Practitioner). The acupuncturists listed there do both regular acupuncture and ear acupuncture (auriculotherapy). There are a number of practitioners listed in California. Possibly one is in your area.
As an acupuncturist myself I use Miridia's acupuncture and auriculotherapy products here in China and they recently added the Find a Practitioner service to their site.
All the best, Jim, and any questions about auriculotherapy for low back pain let me know by posting below.