Acupuncture for Neck Pain: Does It Work?

Acupuncture for Neck Pain: Does It Work?

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Chronic neck pain is one of the most common pain issues faced by students and office workers. Oftentimes, spending hours at a desk each day, combined with poor postural habits, is the root cause of the pain. However, for some, sports injuries, whiplash, and the wrong bed mattress or pillow can set off the pain. Regardless of what caused the neck pain to begin, many people find relief with acupuncture when seemingly nothing else helped. Scientific researchers and clinicians have been conducting clinical trials on the use of acupuncture for neck pain since the 1980’s, and most of these studies have confirmed that acupuncture is safe and effective.

One recent pilot study (published October 30, 2013 in the British Medical Journal) conducted at the Kyunghee University Medical Center in Seoul, Korea found that acupuncture three times per week was as effective as 80 mg of NSAIDs taken daily for chronic neck pain.

A meta-analysis of studies including 17,922 patients, published in Complementary & Alternative Medicine, found acupuncture to be effective for the treatment of back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headaches. Patients receiving acupuncture had remarkably better results than patients receiving “sham” acupuncture. Those patients who had the worst baseline mental status and worst baseline pain scores also experienced the most benefit from acupuncture. […]

Acupuncture Effective for Lower Back Pain!

 

Acupuncture Effective for Lower Back Pain!

AcupuncturLowBackPain_imagee provided relief and lasting benefit to nearly twice as many lower-back-pain patients as conventional pharmaceutical and exercise therapy, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers divided 1,162 adults with chronic, lower back pain into three groups. One of these groups was treated with the standard drug and exercise therapy commonly used in Western medicine. A second group was treated with traditional Chinese acupuncture, with 14 to 20 needles inserted at specific, traditionally prescribed locations (“medians”) at a depth of up to 1.5 inches. A third group received sham acupuncture, with needles inserted less deeply at random spots around the pain area, with no needles inserted at the medians. […]

24 HOURS TO A BETTER LIFE

24 HOURS TO A BETTER LIFE

clock24 hours.  One day.

What if you only got one?  What would you do with it?  Who would you see?  How would you act?  Where would you go?

Fortunately most of us get more than one day to live out our lives.  But for too many of us there seems to be something wrong with every single day we are given.  It’s too long.  It’s too short. It’s cold.  It’s rainy. It’s boring.  It’s too busy.

If it were your last day, do you think you would give things like the weather a second thought?  If you had just one day to live, your focus would undoubtedly shift from complaining and complacency to productivity, love, and thankfulness.

Well, the truth of the matter is that every day is of equal value.  Today is no less important than your last day.  Each day is a brand new start and we are all given the same 24 hours to make of them what we will.

All of this may sound a little too cliché, but consider that billionaire powerhouses like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett are given the same 24 hours every day that you are.  They are afforded no more time and no less time.  The difference comes in how they choose to utilize their hours.  And if you think they just somehow happened to arrive at their success by chance or privilege, read up on their life histories and you’ll find that this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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Acupuncture for Pain Management in Evidence-based Medicine – Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

Abstract: Pain is an enormous and prevalent problem that troubles people of all ages worldwide. The effectiveness of acupuncture for pain management has been strongly verified by large randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and meta-analyses. Increasing numbers of patients with pain have accepted acupuncture treatment worldwide. However, some challenges exist in establishing evidence for the efficacy
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AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING

If given a choice between real and artificial, the majority of people in most instances will choose real.  No matter the product, there is an implied superiority to the authentic item as compared to an imitation, no matter how similar the two may be. Advertisers understand this wholeheartedly.  They are quick to tout their product
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THE STONECUTTER

If you’ve ever seen an old-time stone cutter at work, you know that persistence pays off.  Equipped only with a sledgehammer, chisel, and determination, they rain blow after blow down upon the rock, confident that their work will produce the desired result.  Although the stone shows no outward signs of wear and tear, the stone
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ACUPUNCTURE THRILL RIDE!

Did you ever notice that the biggest hill of a rollercoaster is always somewhere in the beginning of the ride?  This is so that the cars can develop enough momentum from the first hill to propel them through the rest of the course.  Getting to the top of that first hill, however, takes some work. 
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