I think we have a huge capacity to bear pain. To live with migraines. Back pain. Sports injuries.
But, this is why I specialise in acupuncture for pain relief. Because I don't think you need to live with your pain. Or solely rely on medication.
I am not suggesting that acupuncture is a miracle. Or that it works every time. But, acupuncture's capacity to relieve chronic pain is now recommended by the National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) the body which is responsible for providing the National Health Service (NHS) with evidence and quality standards for improving outcomes for people using the NHS.
The NICE guidelines for chronic pain (published in April 2021) states
"Overall, the committee agreed that there was a large evidence base showing acupuncture to be clinically effective in the short term (3 months); the original economic modelling also showed it is likely to be cost-effective"
But acupuncture isn't just for chronic pain relief. It can be for many other types of pain including acute and sports injuries.
To read more about acupuncture for pain relief you can read:
My blog page on acupuncture for pain relief. In this blog page, there is a recording of a presentation I gave on acupuncture for pain relief, the slides that accompanied that presentation and my free downloadable pain tracker.
My blog page about acupuncture for back pain
I have written a blog page looking at acupuncture for headache relief
If you are looking for more information about acupuncture for sports injuries or musculoskeletal pain, then click here.
If you would like to download my free PDF pain tracker, you can do this here.
As always, if you have any questions at all about acupuncture for pain relief, then please contact me. Alternatively, if you are ready to book you can book online using the tool below.
Acupuncture for chronic primary pain
The National Institute for Health and Care and Excellence (NICE) has recently published their guidance recommending treatments, including acupuncture, for treating chronic primary pain (a subset of pain that lasts for longer than three months without a primary cause e.g. headaches, back pain, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome).
Their suggestion is that acupuncture is more beneficial for chronic primary pain than painkillers.
Indeed, the popularity of acupuncture may be attributed to the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of pain.
"In a 2-year retroactive survey of over 89,000 patients published in 2016, 93% of patients said that their acupuncturist had been successful in treating their musculoskeletal pain" [evidence based acupuncture]
To see how acupuncture might help your pain, click the links below.
Acupuncture for headaches
In a Cochrane study in 2016, they found acupuncture was associated with a moderate reduction of headache frequency over no acupuncture after treatment (2199 participants)
Acupuncture for migraines
In a Cochrane study in 2016, they found acupuncture reduced migraine frequency significantly more than drug prophylaxis after treatment. After three months headache frequency at least halved in 57% of participants receiving acupuncture and 46% receiving prophylactic drugs
Acupuncture for facial pain
In a 2020 Randomised Controlled Trial, they found that acupuncture on both specific and non-specific points reduces the non-dysfunctional pain of TMD patients
Acupuncture for frozen shoulder
Either electroacupuncture or interferential electrotherapy in combination with shoulder exercises is effective in treating frozen shoulder patients
Acupuncture for back pain
"Acupuncture is statistically better at improving self-reported pain and activity limitation for patients with non-specific chronic low back"
Acupuncture for sciatica
"The results of this systematic review suggest that the use of acupuncture may more effectively relieve leg pain/lumbago and improve global assessment of sciatica when compared with NSAID (ibuprofen, meloxicam, and diclofenac) treatment
Acupuncture for neck pain
In a 2011 Randomised Controlled Trial, they found that traditional acupuncture can relieve pain intensity and improve the quality of daily life with a relative long-term clinical efficacy in patients with chronic neck pain