Acupuncture: Effective Treatment for Broad Spectrum of Pain

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Acupuncture: Effective Treatment for Broad Spectrum of Pain

“It is no longer possible to say that the effectiveness of acupuncture is because of the placebo effect, or that it is useful only for musculoskeletal pain.”

Mcdonald, J. & Janz, S. (2017, p. 1).

There are many different things that can slow our progress when we are aiming to get better results out of our fitness regimen, not least of all pain in all of its forms. While pain is a warning sign that something in your body needs attention that may require you to slow down, certain types of pain can occur as a result of an over-active immune system or chronic inflammation that may be a cause of frustration instead actually being of benefit. Sometimes we just need a little assistance to help our body’s healing mechanisms to get us back to doing what we love.

According to the Acupuncture Evidence Project (McDonald & Janz, 2017 p.2), there is strong evidence to support the use of acupuncture in the prevention of pain from:

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Headache
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Migraine
  • Postoperative pain

There is also moderate evidence to support the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:

  • Acute low back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Lateral elbow pain (tennis elbow)
  • Neck pain
  • Plantar heel pain
  • Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Temporomandibular pain

“Increased concentrations of beta-endorphins have been found following both exercise and application of acupuncture. Beta-Endorphins have been associated with long-lasting pain control.”

Pelham et al. (2001, p. 268)

Mcdonald, J. & Janz, S. (2017). The Acupuncture Evidence Project: Plain English Summary. Source, viewed 10 June 2018

Pelham, T, Holt, L & Stalker, R 2001, Acupuncture in Human Performance, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 15(2), 266–271, Source, viewed 8 January 2019

About the Author:

Chris Fehres lives in Brisbane and holds a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in acupuncture. Chris completed his degree in 2015 at Endeavour College of Natural Health where he graduated with distinction and was awarded the medal of academic excellence for highest achievement Australia-wide for acupuncture. He currently holds positions at Endeavour College as a contract tutor for higher education and alumni representative for the Course Advisory Committees for both the Acupuncture and Biosciences departments, as well as having been chosen as the focus for their 2017 - 18 Graduate Stories write up.

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