Pain symptoms can be relieved by acupuncture, both acute and chronic, from headaches to lower back pain, or tennis elbow to plantar fasciitis.
Claire has studied with Bob Doane and Philip Weeks. She practices a combination of Doane’s Distal Needling Acupuncture with Dr Tan’s Balance Method, Master Tung and Auricular acupuncture. So don’t be alarmed if treatment for a stiff neck is by placing needles in your ankle!
One does not ask, “What X is causing Y?” but rather, ‘What is the relationship between X and Y?” Kaptchuk (2000) p.4
Research into neck pain found that:
“acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment strategy in patients with chronic neck pain.”(Willich 2006)
Research into back pain concluded that:
“acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment and at least as good as (if not better than) standard medical care for back pain” (Witt 2006; Haake 2007; Cherkin 2009; Sherman 2009a)
Research into chronic pain identified that:
“Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety” (Wu 1999)
General research shows acupuncture to:
Reduce “inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors ” (Kavoussi 2007, Zijlstra 2003);
Improve “muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation , which aids dispersal of swelling.” (Komori 2009)
For further reading on research, please see the research factsheets, by condition, produced by the British Acupuncture Council.