New Research Shows Acupuncture Treats Whiplash

As an acupuncturist, I have treated many types of pain.

A new pilot study concludes that acupuncture reduces pain associated with whiplash. In this randomized controlled study, one group received acupuncture treatments at a rate of three times per week for 2 weeks and the control group was placed on a waiting list.

Whiplash associated musculoskeletal disorders commonly occur due to automotive accidents and sporting incidents. Trauma to the neck leads to inflammation of the soft tissue, subluxation and displacement of cervical vertebrae and nerve root irritation. In many cases, the curvature of the spine straightens or malforms into a reverse curve formation due to the acute injury.

This study concluded that, “Acupuncture treatment was associated with a significant alleviation of pain.”