Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

22. What has research shown about complementary health approaches for pain?

For low back pain, acupuncture, massage, progressive relaxation, spinal manipulation, and yoga may be helpful.

For neck pain, acupuncture and spinal manipulation may be helpful; whether massage helps is uncertain.

For osteoarthritis pain, acupuncture, massage, and tai chi may be helpful.

For rheumatoid arthritis pain, omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) may help to a modest extent.

To reduce the frequency of headaches, acupuncture, relaxation techniques, and spinal manipulation may be helpful.

For fibromyalgia, research on complementary approaches is in its early stages, but there is some evidence that massage, tai chi, and meditation might help.