10 Common Pain Conditions Relieved With Acupuncture

Updated: Apr 12, 2019

Here are 10 of the most common conditions relieved with acupuncture. With so many options for relief it can be difficult to determine what will be beneficial. Understanding how relief can be achieved and why acupuncture is beneficial is the first step to recovering.

Whether you’re sitting at a desk or hammering away at nails all day, it can be easy for us to start accumulating many small issues due to stress, posture, minor injuries, or from overuse. Over time if we don’t address these concerns as they come up, these small issues can accumulate and even get worse if your body can not deal with them on its own.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine works to promote the body’s self-healing abilities.

Pain conditions are the most common reason people seek acupuncture treatments.

It is estimated that 55.7% of adults have reported pain in a span of three months and 28.8% experiencing chronic to severe pain [1].

Most commonly, the use of acupuncture is known to provide relief for joint, muscle, or nerve related pain, and numbness [2]. As stated by the Healthcare Medicine Institute,

“…warm needle acupuncture has a 92.05% total effective rate for the treatment of pain, numbness, and radiating discomfort due to cervical spondylosis with radiculopathy”. [2]

Ten of the Most Common Conditions Treated in Clinic are:

· Low Back Pain

· Sciatica/Hip Pain

· Neck Pain

· Knee Pain

· Shoulder Pain

· Arthritis

· Headache/Migraine

· Sports Injury

· Fibromyalgia

· Tendonitis

I will highlight two of these conditions below, and others in future posts.

Back Pain:

The effects of acupuncture on Low Back Pain (LBP) is the most well researched and documented. LBP is second only to the common cold as a cause for primary care clinic visits, and it is the second most common cause of absence from work in adults <55yr of age. Studies consistently show significant decreases in the severity of pain, increases in physical activity, improvements in the quality of sleep, and decreases in pain medications required. [3]


We treat a lot of arthritis in our clinic. Just because you have been given a diagnosis of arthritis, that doesn’t mean that you should have pain. Many people have arthritis and don’t have pain associated with it. From my experience pain thought to be caused by arthritis is actually due to muscle tightness, which causes compression, excessive wear, and inflammation or swelling. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has various tools to reduce and manage the cause of pain naturally.


[1] https://nccih.nih.gov/news/press/08112015

[2] https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1528-acupuncture-relieves-neck-pain-and-numbness

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10195535

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