A recently published research paper examining the long term effect of acupuncture on chronic pain has been published in the highly prestigious journal PAIN.
The study addresses the uncertainty as to how long the effects of acupuncture treatment persist after a course of treatment. The researchers determined the pain scores over time after acupuncture. They used data collected across 29 trials and 17,922 patients from high-quality randomized trials of acupuncture for chronic pain.
Eligible chronic pain patients were those with nonspecific low back or neck pain, shoulder pain, chronic headache/migraine, or osteoarthritis of the knee.
The analysis was split into two sections. Firstly, 20 trials compared acupuncture to sham acupuncture and secondly, 18 trials compared acupuncture with no acupuncture, for example no treatment, wait-list, rescue medication, usual care, or protocol-guided care. In most trials, the patients received 8 to 15 treatments over 10 to 12 weeks. Patients who were allocated to a wait-list were offered treatment at the end of the trial period.
In the trials comparing acupuncture to no acupuncture the research shows that approximately 90% of the benefit of acupuncture relative to controls was sustained at 12 months.
This data suggest that there are underlying changes occurring with Acupuncture which have lasting health benefits. So one can conclude that Acupuncture is not about just providing temporary symptom relief but a course of acupuncture treatment for patients with chronic pain can provide effective long lasting pain relief.
This also means that acupuncture’s cost effectiveness will now look even more positive.
At The Bower Mount Clinic we are fortunate to have Craig Minto a highly experienced and much respected Acupuncturist. To make an appointment with Craig just call The Bower Mount Clinic on 01622 674656