Acupuncturists see the body as a network of interconnected systems. An energy flow called Qi moves through energy channels called meridians. These complex energy patterns are closely linked with the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the spinal nerves. Acupuncture points along these meridians are matched to problem areas of the spine and the neuromuscular structures that support it.
A recent study from Spain compared the results of using acupuncture for chronic neck pain with a placebo TENS treatment. TENS stands for transcutaneous electronic electrical nerve stimulation. It is a way to deliver low-voltage, electrical impulses to the spinal cord and brain to switch off pain messages.
The patients receiving acupuncture got much better results in terms of pain reduction and improved quality of life. Other similar studies have come to the same conclusion: acupuncture is safe and effective for the routine treatment of chronic neck pain.