September 15, 2012 — Earlier this week, The New York Times reported about a recently published study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that provides substantial support for acupuncture as an effective treatment for pain.
Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out over the past six years, the new research provides analysis of earlier data that involved nearly 18,000 patients. The findings indicate that acupuncture outperformed many sham (superficial acupuncture) and standard care treatments when used on people suffering from osteoarthritis, migraines and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.
Additionally, the analysis compared acupuncture with traditional care remedies, like over-the-counter pain relievers and other standard medicines, and found that acupuncture was often more effective in reducing pain.
Provide your patients with information about the benefits of acupuncture. Hand them a Healthy Living patient fact sheet on acupuncture during their next visit!
Source: American Chiropractic Association, acatoday.org