pain

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain & the NICE Guidelines

New NICE guidelines for low back pain and sciatica. NICE have updated their guidelines for low back pain and sciatica and, contrary to the evidence, are no longer recommending acupuncture to be provided for these conditions on the NHS.  The following video sums up the situation well:     An article published on the Journal…

Personalised acupuncture has long term benefits for fibromyalgia

Spanish researchers have found that personalised acupuncture has long term benefits for fibromyalgia, providing pain relief and improved quality of life. What is Fibromyalgia? According to NHS Choices: Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also…

Pin down your sports injury pain with acupuncture.

Grin and Bear it’ Brits need to pin point their pain. Got a sports injury? What are you going to do about it? British Acupuncture Council’s sports injury survey: We’re famously a nation that doesn’t like to make a fuss but new statistics from the British Acupuncture Council reveal that when it comes to pain…

Understand persistent pain in less than five minutes.

This great video from Australia explains in under five minutes the latest understanding of what persistent pain is and how best to deal with it. Acute vs Persistent Pain Acute pain results from tissue injury and is mostly self-limiting in under 3 months.  Pain lasting longer than 3 months comes from the brain and is…

Persistent Pain Booklet

Where Does it Hurt? When we are pain we tend to think we know what is hurting.  We twist our ankle, our ankle hurts.  We say, ‘my ankle hurts’.  It’s probably fair to say, yes, the ankle hurts.  But what about chronic or persistent pain?  What if you tweak your back and 3 months later…

Acupuncture is significantly superior to all controls for chronic pain

Acupuncture is significantly superior to all controls. Controls and Trials Researchers studying the effects of acupuncture want to assess the benefit of acupuncture against that of a control.  This is done to mitigate the effects of placebo – the tendency for people to get better when they are given any sort of treatment. A secondary…

Acupuncture effective for chronic pain.

Major new study concludes acupuncture effective for chronic pain. The first systematic review of acupuncture to use individual patient data to conduct a meta-analysis has found acupuncture effective for chronic pain.  The Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration analysed raw individual patient data, which was available for 17,922 participants enrolled in 29 high-quality, randomised trials of acupuncture for…