Pain, Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries

New York Times: Acupuncture Can Ease Wrist Pain In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The New York Times has highlighted some interesting research findings which illustrate some of the benefits of acupuncture for wrist pain.  In the study, which included 80 participants with mild to moderate wrist pain.  Using MRI and nerve conduction tests, the researchers studied the effects of acupuncture on the brain and nerves.

The group of patients receiving the acupuncture treatment had measureable physiological improvements in pain centres in the brain and nerves.

Vitaly Napadow, the senior author of the study and a researcher at Harvard said:

“What’s really interesting here is that we’re evaluating acupuncture using objective outcomes.  Sham acupuncture was good at relieving pain temporarily, but true acupuncture had objective physiological — and enduring — effects.  Acupuncture is a safe, low-risk, low side-effect intervention.  It’s perfect for a first-line approach, and it’s something patients should consider before trying more invasive procedures like surgery.”

 The full study was published in the Journal of Neurology -Brain.  Read more from the journal here.

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in the Ribble Valley, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from Preston, Blackburn, Blackpool, Garstang, Lancaster, Leyland, Chorley, East Lancashire and throughout Lancashire.