What’s the Bottom Line?
How much do we know about the effectiveness of complementary health approaches for chronic pain?
- A growing body of evidence suggests that some complementary approaches, such as acupuncture, hypnosis, massage, spinal manipulation, and yoga, may help to manage some painful conditions.
What do we know about the safety of complementary health approaches for chronic pain?
- Although many of the complementary approaches studied for chronic pain have good safety records, that doesn’t mean that they’re risk-free for everyone. Your health, special circumstances (such as pregnancy or age), and medicines or supplements that you take may affect the safety of complementary approaches.
- As with any treatment, it’s important to consider safety before using complementary health approaches. Safety depends on the specific approach and on the health of the person using it. If you’re considering or using a complementary approach for pain, check with your health care providers to make sure it’s safe for you. Always consult with your physician or pharmacist before trying any new prescription, over the counter medication, vitamin or supplement.