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Yoga, Acupuncture Can Help Some Pain, Studies Find

NBC Nightly News (9/1, story 8, 1:45, Guthrie) reported that the National Institutes of Health on Thursday released the findings of a study examining opioid alternatives for chronic pain relief. NBC’s John Torres said the study found that “for those with arthritic knee pain, acupuncture and tai chi had the best results,” while massage therapy was most effective for relieving neck pain. “Not so effective, natural supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin,” Torres said, and added that “insurance companies don’t always pay for these therapies. Pain experts hope this study proves they do work and should be covered.”

NBC News (9/1, Fox) reports that the review by researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, showed yoga and acupuncture are effective for treating back pain, tai chi and acupuncture for treating osteoarthritis of the knee, massage therapy for providing short-term relief for neck pain, and relaxation techniques for treating migraines and severe headaches.

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