Pain is the most common reason for seeking medical care, and it’s also a common reason why people turn to complementary and integrative health approaches. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that several complementary approaches, including spinal manipulation, acupuncture, massage, and yoga, may help to manage some types of chronic pain, which is pain that can last weeks or more. You can learn more here.
NCCIH supports and conducts research on how to treat pain. Read about some of our past studies:
- Study Shows Tai Chi and Physical Therapy Were Equally Helpful for Knee Osteoarthritis (May 17, 2016)
- Two Mind and Body Practices for Chronic Low-Back Pain Better Than Usual Care Alone (March 22, 2016)
- Mindfulness Meditation Relieves Pain, but Works Differently Than Opioids in the Body (March 16, 2016)
If you’re considering any of these approaches for pain, talk with your health care provider.