Many people are looking for information on non-medical treatment alternatives, so we did some research and have included information on Spine-health.com that includes a number of alternative health options for people trying to manage their back condition. Please note that many people find that the greatest benefits come from combining medical options (such as back pain medications, injections, spine surgery, etc) along with alternative health care options like yoga or Pilates. Here are just a few alternative options that you might want to consider: Acupuncture has Pain-Relieving Qualities In 1998, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a statement that said there is enough evidence to demonstrate that acupuncture had beneficial pain-relieving qualities that might be useful as a treatment for lower back pain and for a number of other painful conditions. The mechanisms of acupuncture, though not solidly proven, seem to stimulate the central nervous system - the brain and spinal cord - and it is thought that acupuncture causes specific chemicals to be released into the body that physically and psychologically affect pain. See also Acupuncture: An Ancient Treatment for a Current Problem. Yoga Ensures Flexibility Most people know that yoga involves a lot of stretching. But what they don't know is how important regular stretching is to alleviate many forms of lower back pain. For example, stretching the hamstring muscles (in the back of the thigh) helps expand the motion in the pelvis, which decreases stress across the lower back. Stretching with yoga also increases blood flow, allowing nutrients to flow in, toxins to flow out, and providing overall nourishment of the muscles and soft tissues in the lower back. See also Healing Benefits of Yoga.