Neck Pain Research Studies
Acupuncture More Effective than Massage
The author of one study, Dominik Irnich, MD, tells WebMD that, “acupuncture is widespread in the world. Western medicine is wonderful and successful, but in many, many chronic conditions … there is a lack of success, and Eastern medicine methods may be the right choice. … [Our] study shows that acupuncture is more effective than one of the most customary treatments for chronic neck pain [that is, massage].” Irnich is an anesthesiologist specializing in pain therapy at the University of Munich and the German Medical Acupuncture Association.
Acupuncture Relieves Whiplash
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of neck pain, particularly those caused by whiplash. Some studies suggest acupuncture can treat degenerative neck disorders such as ankylosing spondylosis and cervical spondylosis; in many cases, acupuncture has worked for patients whose conditions could not be solved using conventional approaches.