The thought of sticking needles in oneself may sound painful but research shows that Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice, may be beneficial for managing pain. Recent studies have shown a 36% pain reduction in patients. This may not seem like a lot but if the medication is not working to alleviate pain, Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with it. The practice of Acupuncture has been used for years to ease muscle pain and is generally sucessful at doing so. Therapies such as massages, reflexology, nutritional and herbal counseling, and music therapy have also proven to be effective. How it works is… needles are stuck into the pressure points of your body that cause nerve endings to relay pain messages. The muscles will relax after a while and nerves will calm. Acupuncture is not for everyone. People who have a low white blood cell count (neutropenia) or low blood platelets (thrombocytopenia) are at greater risk of infection and bleeding. Likewise, a patient with lymphedema (a swelling of the arms or legs) might have a higher risk of infection if acupuncture is performed on the swollen limb. If you suffer from chronic pain you may want to talk to your doctor first about whether or not Acupuncture will help. When searching for an Acupuncturist, make sure to do research. You want someone with experience and credibility. Nevertheless, Acupuncture is a safe and effective way of minimizing stress and pain.