Pain is the most common reason for seeking medical care. It is also a common reason why people turn to complementary health approaches. If you are considering a complementary approach for pain, this information can help you talk with your health care provider.
Complementary health approaches such as acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation, and relaxation techniques have been studied for various chronic pain conditions, such as low-back pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis. This fact sheet from NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) provides up-to-date evidence on whether complementary approaches for chronic pain are helpful and safe.