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Lower Back Pain Acupuncture in San Francisco Bay Area

Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic of San Francisco Bay Area offers a comprehensive healing program for sufferers of Lower Back Pain and/or Sciatica.

The program may include: 

  • Lower Back Pain Acupuncture (including non-needle techniques)
  • Vacuum therapy (cupping) and magnet therapy
  • Special physical exercises
  • Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Supplementation

What causes the lower back pain? 

According to statistics, up to 60% of Americans at least once in their lifetime suffer from lower back pain. It is especially common among people 45 to 64 years of age who suffer from different forms of sciatica.

The rise of this illness, apparently, is promoted by injuries of various types and a lifestyle with little movement. The pain can be caused by damage to the vertebrae, herniated discs, nerves, ligaments, and muscles.

If at the age of 45, the principal reason for the appearance of back pain is excessive physical stress of a traumatic nature to the back, then after 50, the problems with the lumbar region are most often related to damage to the cartilage of the discs. They are ”getting old,” lose their elasticity and resilience, become brittle and fragile, and decrease in size. The distance between the vertebrae decreases, as if they “cave in,” and thus squeeze the nerves located in the gaps between vertebrae, causing pain.

Why does “aging” dystrophy of the discs take place in some people at an earlier age? 

Scientists think that the lack of vitamins, microelements, and minerals (especially calcium) is the main reason. There are other factors also that play an important role in the early onset of the dystrophy of the discs. This includes chronic tissue acidity, excessive weight, diabetes, chronic internal intoxication from the large intestine, constipation, and hormonal imbalances during the menopausal period.

Therefore, back pain often develops without a cause that shows up in a test or imaging study.

Conditions commonly linked to back pain include:

  • Muscle or ligament strain: Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments. For people in poor physical condition, constant strain on the back can cause painful muscle spasms.
  • Bulging or ruptured discs: They act as cushions between the bones in the spine. The soft material inside a disk can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve. However, a bulging or ruptured disk might not cause back pain. Disk disease is often found on spine X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs done for another reason.
  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back. In some cases, arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, a condition called spinal stenosis.
  • Osteoporosis: The spine’s vertebrae can develop painful breaks if the bones become porous and brittle.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis: It is also called axial spondyloarthritis. This inflammatory disease can cause some of the bones in the spine to fuse. This makes the spine less flexible.

Lower back pain often takes on an acute form and brings a person much suffering and worry. Taking the usual pain medications does not always bring relief. This is why nowadays interest has increased in drugless therapeutic methods.

One among them —acupuncture—has great significance. Lower Back Pain acupuncture for treating sciatica and back pain has a thousand-year history and is now widely applied throughout the entire world.

During the treatment, acupuncturists insert very thin, sterile, single-use needles. The procedure is almost painless and effective during the insertion of the needles the patient senses a feeling of the flowing of the “current.”

How effective is lower back acupuncture in San Francisco?

When researchers from Penn Medicine examined a group of systematic reviews, they discovered that lower back acupuncture provides clinically relevant benefits for people with chronic pain, such as pain relief and improved function.

Cho et al. conducted a multicenter study. As part of the study, they recruited participants between the ages of 18 and 65 who experienced non-specific lower back pain for at least three months before the study began. About half of the participants received sham acupuncture (placebo acupuncture), and the other half received individualized acupuncture treatments with single-use needles.

They reported that individualized acupuncture is much more effective than sham acupuncture for reducing bothersome lower back pain. Participants who received real acupuncture also reported that their chronic pain was less intense after the treatments.

Sciatica acupuncture in San Francisco

According to data from experts of the World Health Organization, the effectiveness of Lower back and/or sciatica acupuncture in San Francisco is 85 percent.

While speaking about the treatment of back pain and pain in the lumbar region, it is impossible not to mention the subject of dietary supplementation and herbal therapy. Treatment with dietary supplements and herbs aids in the re-establishment of the metabolism in the affected cartilage, muscles, and ligaments, in the improvement of sleep, and in the decrease of stress and depression.

Special research has demonstrated that often the onset of illness or exacerbation of pain in the lower back is preceded by long psychological and emotional stress. In the overwhelming majority of cases, pain in the lower back in people over 50 years old is often linked with the development of osteoarthritis of the spine and progressive dystrophic alterations in the cartilage and discs.

In order to halt this process and give life to the affected cartilage tissue, Biotherapy Clinic uses vitamins, minerals in very good digestive form, microelements, various amino acids, preparations from cartilage, body cleansing, and many other drugless methods of treatment.

We also recommend the physical exercises that should be performed in cases of chronic lower back pain. Also, emphasizes the proper diet for preventing osteoporosis and chronic cartilage and bones.

If pain has appeared in the back or sciatica has occurred, this is a signal of danger that the body is not able to cope with this disorder independently.

Do not wait until the pain goes away by itself. It will simply get worse and go into a chronic degenerative form and will bring more suffering.


If you are suffering from Back Pain and/or Sciatica please call (415) 409-3939 or make an appointment for a free consultation. We’ll customize a healing plan for you. We have more than 30 years of experience, unique methods like lower back pain acupuncture in San Francisco, and a very good rate to help people like you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Back pain is a common ailment for many adults. About 80% of adults experience pain in their back at some point in their lives.

The lower back, also known as the lumbar region of the spine, consists of five vertebrae labeled L1 through L5. Many people simply refer to lumbar pain as low back pain.

Bedrest is not typically recommended for lumbar spine problems. Evidence has shown over time that bed rest actually makes the problem worse and can make it last for a longer time. We recommend that people just modify their activities and avoid things that exacerbate the pain, like blending, lifting, and twisting activities. You can also consider lower back acupuncture from the Biotherapy Clinic as soon as possible. Recent low back issues are much easier to treat than chronic conditions.

Many people feel a dull backache which sometimes radiates to the pelvis and hips and is often accompanied by muscle spasms. Sometimes the pain is sharp and tingling, a pins-and-needles sensation. Pain often worsens when people sit for long periods because sitting puts added pressure on the discs.  Many patients say their back pain is the worst first thing in the morning, but better after they get up and move around.

Some research involved reviewing almost 20,000 people with chronic pain. They were given authentic acupuncture treatments, fake treatments, or no acupuncture at all. Those who received real acupuncture experienced a 50 percent improvement in their chronic pain issues. This proves that acupuncture for pain is effective.

But keep in mind, effectiveness of lower back acupuncture can vary from person to person. And the response to treatment may depend on factors such as the individual's specific condition, the skill of the acupuncturist, and other underlying health factors.

We, at Biotherapy Clinic, have a combined experience of more than 75 years of treating various conditions including low back pain.

One misconception about acupuncture is that it hurts, and this is a reason that some people don’t want to try acupuncture. We, at the Biotherapy Clinic, do not believe in painful treatments. We use very thin, single-use only needles. Our patients rest comfortably. The whole treatment takes from 30-60 minutes. When the needles are inserted, we make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. In addition, we use infrared lights and meditation to help you relax. 

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