Neck Pain

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There has been little research on the effect of acupuncture on neck pain, a common complaint especially in those who spend many hours a day in front of a computer terminal. However, my experience is that acupuncture usually helps and that most patients get significant pain relief after only a few treatments.

The little research that has been done is
encouraging. Neck pain is a problem that is particularly amenable to western 'trigger point' acupuncture rather than traditional Chinese acupuncture.

Acupuncture works at least as well as physiotherapy for chronic neck pain, and possibly slightly better than physiotherapy if the pain is particularly bad.

The redness visible surrounding the needles is a common reaction to acupuncture. It is a sign of local inflammation with an increased flow of blood bringing healing substances to the needled area.