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Acupuncture for pain relief

Thank you to the wonderful people who joined me on the 1st March 2022 to talk about acupuncture for pain.

I wanted to share with everyone the power of acupuncture and so I am making available the recording of that event, the PDF of the presentation slides and also my pain tracker.

I hope you find this useful and please feel free to share with anyone who will find this helpful.

I am here to answer any of your questions.




Recording of acupuncture for pain

In this recording, which took place on 1st March 2022 I share with people:

  • Why pain is never just about the pain. But it is about how it affects us physically, emotionally and our quality of life

  • Acupuncture is so much more than needles

  • How I, as your acupuncturist, question you about your pain. It is individual to you.

  • The evidence of acupuncture for pain

  • How acupuncture works

  • The safety of acupuncture

  • What it is to work with me, Andrea, as your acupuncturist

  • Acupuncture is so much more than pain relief


Slides for acupuncture for pain

To run alongside my video you can now download the slides that were used for the presentation. I am also including below all the relevant links I talk about.

acupuncture for pain presentation
Download PDF • 8.36MB

Pain isn't just about pain: the impact on quality of life

Annual update on numbers of randomised controlled trials of acupuncture

2007 study: 454,920 patients treated with acupuncture for low back pain, osteoarthritis and headache

2012 study: 17,922 patients treated with acupuncture for low back pain, osteoarthritis, neck and headache

2016 study: 89,000 patients treated with acupuncture for pain

2017 study: 1077 patients treated with acupuncture for low back pain, neck, knee osteoarthritis, migraine, painful periods, colic, fibromyalgia, sore throat, carpal tunnel

2017 study: 18,000 patients treated with acupuncture for low back pain, osteoarthritis, neck, headache, migraine

2017 study: patients treated with acupuncture for painful periods

2020 study: acupuncture for sports injuries

2022 study: acupuncture for cancer pain

How acupuncture works

What happens when a needle is inserted into an acupuncture point?

Acupuncture recommended by NICE for chronic primary pain

The safety of acupuncture

Risk of acute myocardial infarction with NSAIDs

Paracetamol use during pregnancy — a call for precautionary action

Acupuncture is so much more than pain


Free pain tracker download

This pain tracker is designed to give you the tools to understand your pain more in-depth. What makes your pain better or worse? Are there peaks and troughs of pain?

No detail is too insignificant for me.

pain tracker
Download PDF • 1.93MB

How to use the daily pain tracker

  • complete this daily for as many weeks as possible, however, once a day for a month at a minimum.

  • I want you to be thinking about:

    • your mood? are you stressed? anxious? worried?

    • what you have been doing activity-wise?

    • time of day e.g. is your pain worse on waking?

    • what the weather is like?

    • the character of the pain? Is it stabbing or dull or tight or heavy or stiff etc

    • what makes it better or worse e.g. lying down or a bath or putting pressure on it etc

    • jot down, on the person, where the pain is

    • what was your sleep like the night before?

    • your energy?

    • what have you eaten or drunk?

    • where are you on your menstrual cycle (if this is applicable)

How to use the monthly pain tracker

  • using the daily tracker write on each day what your pain level was like that day (out of 1-5)

  • what are you noticing?

    • better or worse during the week?

    • better or worse during which season?

    • are there significant peaks and troughs during the month?

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