South Shores Chiropractic Center offers Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) healing methods to work alongside chiropractic and massage modalities for individualized health care. Our resident licensed acupuncturist, Anna Back, L.Ac., MSOM treats the whole body and mind with techniques that have been used for 3,000 years.


Acupuncture is a practice that addresses pain and illness by placing tiny hair-thin needles into particular points on the body called meridians. These points, when stimulated with the needle, may alleviate pain but also support the functions of internal organs and body systems to promote overall health, wellbeing, and balance.  



Originating in China, cupping is a type of bodywork therapy that involves placing cups onto the skin to create suction, like an inverse of massage. This suction increases blood circulation to the area and helps facilitate the flow of “qi” or life force energy. Cupping may relieve muscle tension and pain, improve overall blood flow, promote cell repair and help form new connective tissues and blood vessels. This treatment can also be effective in treating lung issues, digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions commonly treated with acupressure.



Gua Sha

Using a jade instrument to massage and gently spoon the skin, Gua Sha is a technique used in Traditional East Asian medicine to treat muscle pain and tension, stimulate the immune system as well as offer certain anti-aging benefits to the skin as a beauty routine. This needle-free technique is non-invasive and can be performed on people of all ages and conditions to speed the body’s natural healing process.


Herbal Formulas

Developed by Anna Back, L.Ac. for her patients, these herbal formulas are made in capsule form and can be suggested for a variety of conditions to aid with recovery and mood stabilization as a complement to traditional Western medications.

Anna Back, L.Ac., MSOM

Anna has a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and is Board Certified by the State of California to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Anna Back Acupuncture