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University of Southampton -'Acupuncture is of benefit for some types of chronic pain'

Sore back? (Not, like the pictured girl, with a back-saw!)

An international research collaboration, involving the University of Southampton, has shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain in patients with chronic back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, and chronic headache.

For more details click HERE.  (1 May 2014)   Visit our page on Back Pain.

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Back Pain Research

71% Scots with low Back Pain take painkillers for it

58% put up with it

35% find it makes them feel older

21% find it stops them concentrating

BUT! Just 10% Scots know NICE recommends Acupuncture for it!

A new study* shows Edinburgh is risking a back pain epidemic caused by unhealthy habits and sedentary lifestyles.

The findings from a study by the British Acupuncture Council to mark 'Acupuncture Awareness Week' (3rd-10th March 2014) show that almost 76 per cent of Scots suffer with back pain yet admit to behaviours that put their backs under unnecessary strain.

 The study found that 45% of the nation admit to eating on their lap, 38 per cent complain they sit at a desk all day and a third admit to watching TV or films in bed. When asked about their posture, over a third also admitted they slouch most of the time. Further results reveal that when it comes to dealing with back pain, 71 per cent say they repeatedly use painkillers to deal with their discomfort rather than addressing the root cause of the problem.

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott, a member of the British Acupuncture Council, comments: “Painkillers numb the pain and mask the problem but do not address many of the combined underlying causes of back pain. By stimulating different points of the body, traditional acupuncture can be extremely beneficial for low back pain, providing long term pain relief and reducing inflammation.”

With 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year in the UK, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised today. Based on ancient principles that go back several thousand years, acupuncture involves placing extremely fine, sterile needles painlessly at specific points on the body to trigger a healing response.

Despite acupuncture's widely recognised health benefits, many of us are missing the point when it comes to this ancient Chinese medicine. Statistics show that nearly 43 per cent of Scots would only consider acupuncture as a last resort and 89 per cent didn't know the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends the therapy for persistent, non-specific lower back pain.

Jonathan continues: "I find that many patients opt for the painkiller route with limited success before turning to acupuncture. Simple lifestyle changes alongside acupuncture could save millions of people taking medication every day. It's important to recognise the impact our behaviour has on our bodies and to know about all the options for long term wellbeing." 

*Source: One Poll survey, December 2013

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