Acupuncture Eliminates Chronic Back Pain

What is Chronic Back Pain?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 80% of  adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives.  Also, 20% of those who experience lower back pain will develop chronic back pain.  Chronic back pain is back pain that lasts for more than 3 months.  Learn more about back pain here:

Research Shows that Acupuncture Eliminates Chronic Back Pain

According to this study of 187 patients acupuncture at He Gu is significantly more effective than standard acupuncture in chronic low back pain.  Those treated with He Gu had much less pain and disability after the course of treatment than those who had standard acupuncture.  You can read more about the study here:

In this study of 143 patients acupuncture along with rehab is more effective in treating chronic lower back pain.  The patients who were treated with acupuncture had significantly better emotional and physical health, better functional capacity, and had less pain than those treated with rehab alone.  The study can be found here:

A study of peacekeepers in Lebanon which had 236 subjects and showed “back pain” acupuncture points were more effective than standard acupuncture in reducing chronic lower back pain.  The patients who received “back pain” acupuncture points had much less pain and disability than those who were treated with standard acupuncture points.   Click below to learn more about it.

Chronic Back Pain Relief at St. Louis Acupuncture

These studies are similar to a patient we had who was a man in his fifties.  He was self employed working a desk job.  7 years before he came to the office he had lower back surgery and the last two bones of his spine were fused.  We picked points on his hand to treat the lower back pain.  One of the points was not He Gu but Ling Gu which is near He Gu, but in the crook between the first and second metacarpal bones of the hand.  After five treatments over two weeks he was pain free and stayed that way.

Here are the pictures of the two points:

This point, Hé Gǔ, is one of the most used acupuncture points.  It has been used for neck pain, facial pain, migraines, headaches, and common cold.  Now, modern research has shown it to be effective for back pain.

He Gu Acupuncture Point for Back Pain

合谷 Hé Gǔ: Acupuncture Point for Back Pain










Líng Gǔ is the next point that is used in our clinic frequently.  This point comes from a different lineage than the usual points that are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine- The Tung Family Lineage.  Master Tung*, who lived during the 20th century, used this point for Sciatica,  leg pain, heel pain, shooting pains anywhere in the body, elbow pain, headache, migraines, Bell’s Palsy, tinnitus, frequent urination, menstrual problems, and hemiplegia.

Ling Gu Acupuncture Point for Back Pain

靈谷 Líng Gǔ: Acupuncture Point for Back Pain










Since Dr. Waltemate is a chiropractor, chiropractic treatment and rehab can be added to your treatment as well if they are needed.  There is no need to go to two, three, or four practitioners.  You can have acupuncture, chiropractic, and rehab in one visit.

*Master Tung is recognized as one of the greatest acupuncturists who has ever lived.  Since he lived in the 20th century his treatments and cures have been verified.  We tell our patients that he was “the Michael Jordan, the Hank Aaron, the Joe Montana of acupuncture.”

Don’t Suffer Any Longer

If you have lower back pain that has lasted for over three months, or if it just started, give Dr. Waltemate a call at (314) 569-0057 and he will be happy to answer your questions about your back.  We can make an appointment over the phone or you can e-mail us at  Either way, don’t wait to contact us.

Acupuncture Eliminates Chronic Low Back Pain
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