This study examined whether acupuncture treatment reduces chronic pain
in the neck and shoulders and related headache, and if so whether the
effects are long-lasting. Twenty-four female office workers with chronic
neck and shoulder pain were randomly assigned to receive acupuncture
treatments 10 times for 3-4 weeks either at anti-pain acupoints or at
placebo-points. The intensity and frequency of pain fell more for the
true acupoints than for the placebo points and was maintained in this
group for three years after treatment but not in the placebo acupuncture
group. The degree of headache also fell during the treatment period
for both groups, but more for true acupuncture than for placebo acupuncture.
Three years after treatment the effect still lasted for the true acupoints
group while the placebo acupuncture group fell back to the pre-treatment
level. In this study adequate acupuncture treatment was shown to reduce
chronic pain in the neck and shoulders and related headache with long
lasting effects. He D, Bo Veiersted K, Hostmark AT, Ingulf Medbo J.
National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway. Pain.