British Acupuncture Council


Acupuncture is most widely known for its use in relieving musculoskeletal pain.

Acupuncture can help to reduce pain from a wide range of musculoskeletal problems and injuries. Increasingly, people are using acupuncture to provide pain relief for acute sports injuries, chronic pain disorders and recurring conditions.

Acupuncture can be used effectively for:

Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Neck Pain
Shoulder Pain (& Frozen Shoulder)
Elbow Pain (Tennis Elbow)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Arthritic Pain (Osteoarthritis)
Hip Pain
Knee Pain
Ankle & Foot Pain

Research compiled by the British Acupuncture Council suggests that “Injured athletes who receive acupuncture are often able to return to training more quickly than would otherwise be possible, and the treatment is therefore used by top sports people and athletes, including the British Rugby team, many Premiership football teams and the British Olympic team, to treat musculoskeletal problems. Since keeping the body in balance promotes more efficient training, acupuncture is also increasingly being used to enhance athletic performance.”

You can read more about recent research studies on acupuncture for Sports Injuries here and follow the links to the British Acupuncture Council Factsheet by ARRC (Acupuncture Research Resource Centre).

You may wish to read the following news articles and research:

Needles ‘are best for back pain’, BBC News Online, 25/9/07

Acupuncture - no longer a pain in the neck, Annals of Internal Medicine, 21/12/04

Britain’s sprinting star Harry Aikines-Aryeetey uses acupuncture, The Guardian, 10/1/09


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