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Acupuncture Effective for Neck Pain
There is a fair amount of evidence that acupuncture can relieve chronic
neck pain, according to a review of
the most current scientific evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture
for neck pain.
Canadian researchers reported in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library
(Issue 3, 2009) that acupuncture
seems to work moderately well as an alternative to more traditional
treatments for neck pain.
The researchers from McMaster University in Canada reviewed 10 trials that
compared real acupuncture to
fake or sham acupuncture, other sham or inactive treatments, or other
active treatments such as massage
therapy. The trials involved a total of 661 individuals with chronic
neck pain lasting for at least three
Dr. Kien Trinh from McMaster University and colleagues found that,
overall, people who received traditional
Chinese acupuncture reported better pain relief immediately following
acupuncture and in the short-term
than those who received inactive acupuncture or other sham treatments.
There were no serious side effects
to acupuncture in the trials reviewed.
In a small study, people who received acupuncture had greater relief of
pain than those who received
The research findings show that ideally there should be at least six or
more acupuncture sessions for
treating neck pain.
According to Reuters, between 26 percent and 71 percent of the adult
population has suffered through at
least one bout of neck pain or stiffness during their lifetime. For
some, neck pain can last for months and
negatively impact life and work.
(Source: Reuters and Medline Plus, July 2009)
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