• Cupping used by Olympians

    | Published on 08 Aug | Posted in Feature | Comments (0) |

    Cupping used by 2016 Olympians to ease aches and pains and help with recovery...

    Why are some Olympians using it?

    Athletes say they are using it to ease aches and pains, and to help with recovery from the physical toil of constant training and competing.

    There are plenty of other recovery techniques competitors use - ncluding sports massage, sauna, ice baths and compression garments - but US gymnast Alex Naddour told USA Today that cupping was “better than any money I’ve spent on anything else…That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy,” Naddour told the paper, adding that it had saved him from “a lot of pain”.

    Read the complete article on the BBC Website.

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  • Acupuncture helps arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

    ‘Few complementary therapies help arthritis’
    By Michelle Roberts, Health editor, BBC News online

    Few complementary therapies appear to help musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, say experts who have looked at the available trial evidence. Most alternative treatments have either not been scientifically tested or subjected to limited investigations, says Arthritis Research UK. Of 25 therapies, only a handful were judged to have enough medical evidence to support their use. These included acupuncture, massage, tai chi and yoga…

    ...For arthritis, they found 53 trials of 14 different therapies among nearly 6,000 patients. Only tai chi and acupuncture appeared to work. For fibromyalgia there were 50 trials of 17 different therapies in more than 3,000 patients. Acupuncture and massage came out top, closely followed by tai chi and relaxation therapy. For sore backs, yoga and acupuncture appeared the most effective, and there was some evidence to also support the use of osteopathy and relaxation therapy as well as the Alexander technique which focuses on posture and movement.

    You can read the full article on the BBC News website.


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  • New NICE guidelines recommend acupuncture for migraines and tension headaches.

    NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) have recently published guidelines suggest that GPs recommend acupuncture to patients suffering from chronic headaches. The guidelines suggest that GPs: “Consider a course of up to 10 sessions of acupuncture over 5-8 weeks for the prophylactic treatment of chronic tension-type headache.”

    Prof Martin Underwood said:“We would expect that to lead to more people getting acupuncture, but given there is good evidence to show this is effective for the prevention of both tension-type and migraine-type headaches then that is a good thing because people are getting access to an effective treatment.”

    Read the full article on the BBC News website, or read the
    NICE report headache guidelines.

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  • Acupuncture effective for headaches

    | Published on 19 Oct | Posted in Feature | Comments (0) |

    Acupuncture relieves headaches

    Migraine Action - Acupuncture in the news

    Posted 28/01/09

    New research into the benefits of acupuncture has been featured in many newspaper articles, on GMTV and national TV news programmes over the past couple of days.

    A review of 33 trials, involving nearly 7,000 people, showed that patients who underwent the alternative therapy did experience relief from headaches and migraines

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  • NHS to promote acupuncture for back pain

    | Published on 16 Sep | Posted in Feature | Comments (0) |

    Millions of people who suffer from low back pain are to be given the right to ask for acupuncture on the NHS.

    GPs will be told to offer their patients the traditional Chinese practice, as well as other treatments like osteopathy and chiropracty, as an alternative to conventional remedies like exercise….

    Although some individual GPs currently refer patients for complementary treatments, the recommendation constitutes the first time the rationing body has encouraged its use. Its draft guidance says anyone whose pain persists for more than six weeks should be given a choice of several treatments, because the evidence about which works best is so uncertain…

    Paul Robin, chairman of the Acupuncture Society, a professional body representing practitioners, said the therapy worked “fantastically well” in relieving back pain.

    Read the full article and some of the controversy involved on the Telegraph website - NHS to promote acupuncture for back pain.

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