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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is an acupuncture mat effective for back pain?

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Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management 25 years experience
Possibly: Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and acupressure is based on similar principles to acupuncture. Although it may symptomatically make your back feel better is unlikely it will cure/treat the underlying cause unless due to musculoskeletal spasm/strain/sprain and the acupressure allows your muscles to relax.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
No: Acupuncture is a time honored treatment for pain, nausea, energy and organ imbalance. Also it can help people with addictions who have failed to control smoking or narcotic use for their back pain. The practitioner of acupuncture can be a physician with 200 hours of training, or a non-physician with years of training. Seek someone you can work with for the duration. Maintain hope.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to do acupuncture on myself for back pain?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
No: Acupuncture should only be performed by a certified medical professional.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Does acupuncture treat back pain?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Acupuncture is actually very successful for back pain. The back pain should be muscular in origin and not a spinal disc problem. The needlepoints are at the side of the muscle pain in addition to leg points to help move the chi or the life force energy through the body.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Which mattress for back pain is most effective?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
No answer: You have to try one until you find one that makes your back feel good. In general one that provides more support is better.

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