A recent study conducted in the United Kingdom found that one alternative therapy was highly effective at treating chronic neck pain. Over the course of 12 months, researchers found that their 517 subjects experienced a 32 percent reduction in pain by receiving regular acupuncture treatments. The study also found that when used in conjunction with traditional pain management treatments, acupuncture was helpful in giving patients back some of the mobility they enjoyed before their condition became debilitating. Notably, the patients did not undergo extensive acupuncture treatments as at most they received 20 hours’ worth of sessions over the one year period.
A staple of Eastern medicine for millennia, acupuncture works by inserting a series of needles in muscles and nerve cluster’s throughout the body. The technique has the effect of stimulating the body’s natural production of pain relieving hormones and promoting blood flow to parts of the body that are radiating with pain. Shiatsu massage, which also involves applying small amounts of pressure to various nerve and muscle clusters in the body, has also been found to have similarly positive effects on those who are living with chronic neck and back pain. Follow the link below to learn more about this potentially groundbreaking study.
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