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Acupuncture for Headache Relief

Acupuncture is a centuries old form of Chinese medicine that uses small needles to help open and balance energy channels throughout the body.When the channels are open and balanced, life force energy, or Chi, can flow freely and keep the organs, muscles, hormones, and mind functioning well. Acupuncture has been gaining popularity in the United States over the years, and can be effective for many musculoskeletal disorders. People with back pain, headaches, neck pain, tendinitis, and various nerve injuries can benefit from this ancient healing technique.

Though not often covered by insurance, acupuncture may be worth paying for out of pocket if more conventional treatments have failed. The National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/) provides valuable information about the practice of acupuncture, associated risks/side effects, costs, how to find a practitioner, and research findings.

If you are considering acupuncture, talk with your primary care doctor, physical therapist, or chiropractor who may be able to provide a referral to somebody in your area.

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