Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.
Both chronic and acute shoulder pain are common complaints in the clinic. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that shoulder pain is easily treated with acupuncture, which has been proven more effective than conventional medicine, and most importantly, does not produce the side-effects that Western medicine does.
This past June, a joint study by Chinese Universities and the University of Maryland conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to determine the effects of contralateral manual acupuncture on chronic shoulder pain.
Patients with chronic shoulder pain were divided into two groups. Group 1 received contralateral acupuncture for 4 weeks, and group 2 was placed on a waiting list for acupuncture, but received orthopedic therapy for 4 weeks.
Patients reported their pain levels before and after the study, and also took a health survey prior to and after the 4 week period.
The results of the RCT indicated that contralateral acupuncture for chronic shoulder pain significantly reduced pain scores and improved shoulder mobility.
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Zhang H, Sun J, Wang C, Yu C, Wang W, Zhang M, Lao L, Yi M, Wan Y. Randomised controlled trial of contralateral manual acupuncture for the relief of chronic shoulder pain. Acupunct Med. 2016 Jun;34(3):164-70. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2015-010947. Epub 2016 Jan 21.
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