A new study out of England has revived that acupuncture and the Alexander Technique had the effect of reducing chronic neck pain by 32 % over a 12 month period. Previously, those non-medicinal, non-surgical techniques for relieving pain were not believed to have a long-term impact on chronic pain. Acupuncture has long been used as a holistic method of pain relief as it uses strategically placed needles to ease tension held at the body’s pressure points. The Alexander Method teaches individuals how to not overly exert themselves while engaging in physical activity.
While further studies will have to be conducted to verify the English researchers’ findings, their does add more credence to the notion that all natural methods to relieve chronic pain can be as effective as surgery or prescription medication. For years now, Western medical professionals have suggested that their patients use acupuncture to temporarily relieve pain. This is because acupuncture stimulates nerves and connective tissue in ways the cause the body to release chemicals that ease soreness and inflammation. The technique can also aid in the healing process by getting blood to flow into the affected areas. Check out the link below to learn more about this potentially ground-breaking study.
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