You Should Try Acupuncture for Back Pain—Here's Why It Works

When an unwelcome knot or an unfamiliar strain grows with tension on our backs, we usually do what anyone else would do about it: We complain. And after we get that out of the way, we usually try pills, hot packs, ice bags, or even a personal massage to possibly make it better. Most of us, if we're being honest, never think to do acupuncture—but maybe we should.

"Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles into the 'earwax' of the body to assist in resetting the nervous system," Mona Ahdoot Dan, a licensed acupuncturist at Vie Healing, says. "This process aids the brain in sending proper chemicals to the body that mimic opioids, as well as oxygenated blood to reduce inflammation and regulate pain signals." 

Below, we asked Mona to give us the basics on why acupuncture should be considered when back pain becomes too much to bear.