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Dr. Mindy Boxer – Acupuncture for Chronic Back Pain

Harris Poll released earlier this year found that approximately three out of ten U.S. adults currently suffer from chronic low back pain. To put it another way, that’s an estimated 72.3 million people! Common treatments usually include prescription medications which bring their own complications and side effects into the picture. If you are looking for a drug-free alternative to your back pain,  Acupuncture could be the solution you have been searching for. 

What the Research Says

According to the experts at WebMD, chronic low back pain is one of the conditions most touted by research suggesting Acupuncture could be an effective treatment tool. WebMD also pointed to guidelines from the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians who say “doctors should consider Acupuncture as an alternative therapy for patients with chronic low back pain that’s not helped by conventional treatment.”

How It Works

If you have never experienced an Acupuncture treatment, you might be wondering just how it works. First, i will take a detailed health history to determine the best course of treatment for your pain. I  may also prescribe herbs and dietary changes to help your condition as well.

A typical treatment involves inserting thin needles at specific points on the body. These points help to connect the meridians throughout the body, thus making sure the flow of energy (also known as Qi) is balanced. Stimulating the various points (depending on your particular health concern and the severity of the pain) can correct any energy imbalances, thus relieving pain with little or no side effects. The medical experts at WebMD also believe that “acupuncture has fewer adverse side effects than many of the standard treatments for back pain”.

Many people wonder how many treatments it will take to find relief. It all depends on the severity of the issue but typically six to twelve sessions are scheduled. Again, depending on the severity of the condition, sessions can be done once or twice a week and can last for 30 to 90 minutes. Less severe issues could require fewer treatments, but in severe cases, additional sessions may need to be scheduled to completely address the condition.

In general, the Acupuncture points that focus on treating back pain are found on the hands, at the back of the knees, on the hips, stomach, lower back, and feet. Two of the most common points that can help relieve back pain are Liver 3 and Kidney 3. A 2019 study published in Pain Medicine measured the effects of acupressure as a treatment of chronic low back pain. Researchers found that “the relaxing and stimulating acupressure groups showed a pain reduction of 35% and 36%, respectively, which was greater than the care group. The stimulating Acupuncture group also experienced better fatigue improvement compared to the care group.”

It’s important to note that your chronic back pain could be a sign that there are other issues and imbalances happening in your body. This is something I  will consider as they conduct the health history intake with you before treatment begins. In addition to relief from your back pain, you may notice other positive side effects like improved digestion, better sleep and less stress and anxiety.

If you suffer from chronic back pain and are looking for a treatment option with little to no side effects, call me and make an appointment today!      310-450-9711.


Come in for a consultation to see how acupuncture can benefit you and help you to live a long, healthy life.

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Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.
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