Back pain according to Chinese medicine: if there is no structural problem causing backache reasons for lower back pain can be many ,mainly a general weakness in the system especially the kidneys which dominate the lower back can cause lower back pain which feels like an ache that gets worse with exhaustion not a sharp or a nerve pain. Strengthening the kidneys and sometimes warming up the lower back with moxabustion which is a herb that is lit to pass heat into the joints can help with the acupuncture .
The other reason for backache could be bad sleep position or bad habits of sitting and slouching which can obstruct the energy running along both sides of the spine. That can cause pain in lower and middle back. Treatment is simple in acupuncture to encourage the energy to flow up and down in the spine and alongside it.
Other reason could be scoliosis or curvature of the spine which gets more painful with age and exertion this can be greatly assisted by acupuncture.
It is important to note that physios osteopath and chiros do a good job sorting an acute problem but when the pain is a result of long term weakness, excessive manipulation can be harmful as it is not the cause of the pain.
As back pain has many causes and each person is unique there is no fixed treatment. We view the person holistically. You can read more in relation to acupuncture for back pain here
Depending on the cause and severity of the problem that is causing back pain the treatment can vary from a few sessions to a few months of treatment.