• Pain treatment and management

  • Pain is the most widely researched indication for acupuncture, with hundreds of well designed clinical trials involving thousands of patients leading to firm conclusions on efficacy and positive health outcomes. There are a good number of meta-analyses of these trials in the literature.

    Chronic discomfort in the muscles and joints make everyday life miserable and over time can influence thinking patterns and even personality. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain, but when they don’t provide enough relief, acupuncture is an option with a good track record that should be definitely be considered. 

    Dr. Linda M. Rapson (2008) has written a comprehensive article on acupuncture for pain management which covers everything from application, safety and integration and is an excellent read.

    Chronic back and neck pain are among the most common complaints of clients seeking acupuncture treatment and a high percentage of individuals respond very well to acupuncture for these conditions, usually early on in the treatment plan. A complete resolution of symptoms depends on the underlying cause, opportunities for treatment time and the extent to which any necessary adjustments are made to nutrition, lifestyle, exercise and other perpetuating factors.

    Reference:

    Rapson, ML 2008, ‘Acupuncture for Pain Management’, Geriatrics and Aging (Medscape), Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 93-97.