Complementary and alternative medicine treatments for low back pain

Prim Care. 2012 Sep;39(3):533-46. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2012.06.008. Epub 2012 Jul 30.


Complementary and alternative medicine, often referred to as integrated medicine, is often used for the treatment of low back pain. This article presents 6 therapies (ie, behavioral treatment, acupuncture, manipulation, prolotherapy, neuroreflexotherapy, and herbal treatments), which are discussed in terms of the specifics of the modality, as well as the empirical evidence related to their effectiveness.

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / pathology
  • Low Back Pain / psychology
  • Low Back Pain / therapy*
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / methods
  • Respiratory Therapy / methods