Neck pain is extremely common, one of the three most frequently reported complaints of the musculoskeletal system. Symptoms can include pain radiating to the arms or head and, while usually a benign and self-limited condition, it can cause significant disruption to normal routines.
In September 2012, the largest study of acupuncture for chronic pain (17,922 patients) was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study concluded that:
“acupuncture is better than usual care and better than sham acupuncture for the treatment of back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and chronic headaches”