Fibromyalgia affects as many as 2.8 million people in the UK, according to Arthritis Research UK. Symptoms of the condition include pain across the body, sleep problems and headaches. The NHS says fibromyalgia is a “long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.” Treatment for the condition can involve medication, more exercise and changes to your diet. According to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncture could help relieve pain caused by the condition.
“Acupuncture is a Chinese medical system based on restoring normal balance of life forces by inserting very fine needles through the skin to various depths,” explained the Mayo Clinic on its website.
“According to Western theories of acupuncture, the needles cause changes in blood flow and levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord. Some studies indicate that acupuncture helps relieve fibromyalgia symptoms, while others show no benefit.”
It lists acupuncture under “alternative medicine” for fibromyalgia that may work, alongside massage therapy, and yoga and tai chi.