In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released guidelines recommending that acupuncture be offered on the NHS as a treatment for lower back pain, the first time the health service watchdog had explicitly backed alternative therapies.
However NICE recently reviewed their guidelines and acupuncture is no longer recommended. The revised guidelines mean that the only treatments now recommended for low back pain is medication, rest, exercise and physiotherapy. The report found that there have now been a large number of scientific trials looking into the effectiveness of acupuncture but that there was still not “compelling and consistent evidence” that it works and that it may be nothing more than placebo. The Guardian newspaper asks you to share your experience – please do if acupuncture has helped you with low back pain.
+ You can also sign the petition on change.org to request NICE keep acupuncture on the NICE guidelines for low back pain. Last I looked, they only needed 145 more signatures to reach their goal, and the more the merrier!
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