Acupuncture And Posture Training Can Help Chronic Neck Pain

Interesting episode on NPR Health News about the benefits of Acupuncture or the Alexander technique for the treatment of the chronic neck pain РAcupuncture And Posture Training Can Help Chronic Neck Pain.

About one out of every six Americans has some form of neck pain, and chronic sufferers have few treatment options. But acupuncture or the Alexander technique, a system for adjusting posture, could provide some long-term relief for chronic neck pain.

“The thing with chronic pain is you may actually not be able to reduce any pain,” says Dr. Andrea Furlan, a physician and acupuncturist at the University of Toronto and an editor for the Cochrane Back and Neck medical review who was not involved with the study.

But it looks like tacking on acupuncture treatment or Alexander technique lessons could reduce pain just a bit further than usual care. The researchers provided over 345 people with chronic neck pain with a few months of acupuncture or the Alexander technique and compared them to 170 people who just received usual care for a year. By three months, people receiving acupuncture or the Alexander technique had about 10 percent less pain than the people who hadn’t received the extra care, the researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday.