Back Pain Specialist

Release Integrative Medicine

Tim Eng, LAc

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine & Pain & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Schrafft Center, Charlestown, MA

Back pain is a common problem that strikes four out of five Americans at some point in their life. Unfortunately, back pain isn’t always easy to diagnose or relieve, especially for those suffering from low back pain. Tim Eng, LAc, CSMA®, at Release Integrative Medicine in Charlestown, Massachusetts, specializes in treating chronic pain, including back pain. He uses acupuncture, Chinese medicine to naturally and effectively alleviate back pain. For a natural approach to managing your back pain, call the office or book online today.

BackPain Q & A

What causes back pain?

There are many causes of back pain. It can develop after an acute injury or from an underlying medical condition.  It can also result from an untreated condition or may even develop seemingly out of nowhere.

Improper lifting, sudden movements, or a traumatic injury may lead to sprains and strains. Other culprits of back pain include arthritis, structural abnormalities or dysfunctions of the spine and/or sacrum, or herniated discs that press on a nerve. 

Traditional treatment for back pain includes medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and sometimes surgery. Acupuncture or auricular treatments are also effective treatments for back pain that can reduce the intensity of your discomfort and improve your quality of life.

What can I expect during a back pain evaluation?

You can expect a thorough evaluation when you come in to treat your back pain at Release Integrative Medicine. Though relief of your symptoms is an important part of your treatment plan, your provider also works to find and treat the underlying cause of your pain.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are based on the concept that Qi, or vital energy, flows through the body in channels called meridians. If Qi becomes stagnant, unbalanced, or deficient, symptoms such as back pain, aches, and inflammation result.

Your provider at Release Integrative Medicine assesses the meridian system at each session to discover what is causing your back pain. They may also use orthopedic exams, manual muscle tests, postural analysis and auricular medicine diagnostics. East Asian medicine diagnosis can include:


Stagnation of your Qi or blood circulation are linked to achy or sudden stabbing and severe pain, usually related to sprains, strains, or trauma. Your pain may worsen with rest and cause stiffness and tightness.

Cold, damp obstruction

With cold, damp obstruction, your pain symptoms are worse in the morning and exacerbated by cold or damp weather. You may also experience numbness, swelling, and a sense of heaviness.


Deficiency is associated with chronic back pain that may be dull and improve with rest.

How is back pain treated?

Once your practitioner at Release Integrative Medicine has identified the underlying cause of your back pain, they design a personalized treatment plan aimed at restoring balance to alleviate pain and boost your overall health and vitality.

If acupuncture treatment is recommended, your provider inserts sterile needles into specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways to restore balance and flow of Qi.

Your treatment plan may also include other therapies, such as:

  • Frequency specific microcurrent or focused light therapy
  • Acupressure
  • Posture corrective exercises
  • Stress relief management

Acupuncture and Chinese and auricular medicine offer a natural approach to help you get relief from your back pain. To schedule an evaluation, call Release Integrative Medicine or request an appointment online today.