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Finding Relief: Acupuncture for Military Veterans Battling Back Pain

Acupuncture for Veterans at Kailua Wellness Center.  TriWest
Acupuncture for Veterans at Kailua Wellness Center

For military veterans grappling with the burden of back pain, relief may come from an unexpected source: acupuncture. This ancient healing practice, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, has emerged as a promising treatment option for alleviating the chronic pain that plagues many veterans. Here's how acupuncture offers hope and healing for those seeking respite from back pain:

A Holistic Approach to Pain Management

Acupuncture operates on the principle that imbalances in the body's energy flow, or qi, can manifest as physical discomfort. By inserting thin needles into specific points along the body's meridians, acupuncturists aim to restore harmony and promote natural healing. For veterans coping with back pain stemming from injuries sustained during military service, acupuncture offers a holistic approach to pain management that addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of their condition.

Evidence-Based Relief

Research has shown that acupuncture can be an effective adjunct therapy for back pain relief. A study published in the Journal of Pain 11 found that acupuncture was associated with significant reductions in back pain intensity and improvement in physical function compared to standard care alone. Additionally, a review published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 22 concluded that acupuncture may provide short-term pain relief for chronic low back pain.

Serving Those Who Served

For military veterans, accessing comprehensive care for back pain can be a daunting challenge. Acupuncture offers a non-pharmacological, non-invasive option that can complement existing treatments or serve as a standalone therapy. Many veterans have reported significant improvements in pain levels, mobility, and overall quality of life after incorporating acupuncture into their healthcare regimen.

A Path to Healing

As we honor the service and sacrifice of our military veterans, it's essential to ensure they have access to effective pain management options. Acupuncture stands as a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of chronic back pain, offering a pathway to healing that honors the mind-body connection and embraces the principles of holistic wellness.


  1. Vickers, Andrew J., et al. "Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Update of an Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis." The Journal of Pain 19.5 (2018): 455-474. Link

  2. Yuan, J., et al. "Acupuncture for chronic low back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis." Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 48.3 (2016): 292-298. Link

For veterans seeking relief from the burdens of back pain, acupuncture offers a ray of hope, providing not just treatment but also a pathway to reclaiming a life of comfort and vitality. We accept TriWest VA insurance with a referral from your doctor.

Contact Kailua Wellness Center today by calling (808) 261-8181 to find out how to schedule an acupuncture appointment at Kailua Wellness Center.

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