The technique of acupuncture has been used in the East for centuries to address aches and pains all over the body. In the last ten years, the technique has become increasingly common in the United Kingdom with acupuncture clinics popping up in most major towns and cities.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines in the UK on use of treatments and care of patients. At the moment, the only condition recommended by NICE for treatment with acupuncture is lower back pain. Studies have shown that this traditional Chinese technique can be the most effective option for addressing such pain.
However, this doesn't mean that acupuncture shouldn't be used on other aches and pains in the body. Indeed, research has shown that acupuncture can help with a variety of problems including neck pain, joint pain, post-operative pain, and severe headaches. Many experts believe that NICE will broaden their recommendations to include at least some of these conditions in the near future.
Although acupuncture can be very effective in addressing pains in the body, it is best used as part of an wider treatment plan. If you expert acupuncture alone to solve your aches and pains, you may well be disappointed. It's be no means a magic cure, but in many cases it can make a significant difference.
So acupuncture can be an effective treatment for pain. But is the treatment itself painful? Well, although dozens of needles will be inserted into your body, these needles are extremely thin. You will probably feel a tingling sensation or even a very dull ache.
However, pain or anything other than mild discomfort is not normal. Indeed, such pain can be a sign that the procedure is being carried out incorrectly. Don't be afraid to tell your acupuncturist if you are finding the procedure painful.
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