Back pain and herniated disks Back pain is one of the most common issues treated by acupuncture. Low back pain can have a wide variety of causes such as sports injuries, heavy lifting and common muscle strain, muscle tightness and compression causing disk herniation and nerve compression as well as stress, life challenges and emotional distress. Acupuncture can help resolve low back pain by releasing tension from the muscles, reducing pain, inflammation and stiffness and increasing mobility and flexibility. Acupuncture is also effective for treating herniated disks and pain from nerve compression and in some cases may help clients to avoid surgery and reduce or discontinue pain medications. Acupuncture can often be a life changing experience for people suffering from chronic back pain.