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Relieve Pain: Does Acupuncture Work?

Learn why acupuncture might be the best pain reliever for your body aches and pains By Emily Laber-Warren, Photography By Alessandra Petlin

Kimberly Adams was training for her first triathlon when she felt a sudden and excruciating pain in her neck. A social worker and mom of two, she suspected that toting around her 7-month-old daughter might have contributed to the injury. Adams saw a doctor, who ruled out a pinched nerve and sent her to a chiropractor. An x-ray showed nothing structurally wrong and the chiropractor made some adjustments, but the pain persisted.

Desperate, Adams, 33, turned to acupuncture. And on her third visit — after 3 weeks of unremitting pain — something radical happened. The acupuncturist wiggled a needle in Adams’s calf while massaging the painful muscle in her neck; the neck muscle began to relax, and 40 seconds later it felt better.

“Literally the next day, the pain was completely gone,” Adams says.

Read the full article at Women’s Health

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