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Q: I suffer from a recurring, very painful, stiff neck and decreased mobility that will last for weeks. I have tried everything and nothing helps. Can you?

A: Yes. 86 million Americans have chronic pain that is not relieved by conventional medicine. Today, many chronic pain clinics are encouraging patients to cope with pain, but without medication. According to Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, there is a growing body of research that shows that acupuncture is " very effective in treating chronic pain."

Acupuncture stimulates the peripheral nerves which send impulses to the brain to release endorphins, the body's own natural painkillers. This is a very good option for people who cannot, or do not want to, take medication.

Acupuncture is being increasingly recommended by doctors at leading medical
centers---and patients claim relief. It can successfully treat sciatica; headaches; sports injuries; bursitis; arthritis; tendinitis; back/disc/muscle pain; shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, leg and foot pain. The sooner you come in for a treatment after the initial onset, the quicker you see positive results.

About the Author:

Jane McKee, MAcOM, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in Tigard, Oregon.  To learn more about Jane McKee or the Meridian Acupuncture Clinic, please visit