Fibromyalgia (FMS)

Around 1 in 25 people in the UK has fibromyalgia (Fibromyalgia Syndrome), a condition involving widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness, fatigue, sleep disturbance and functional impairment. It has no known structural or inflammatory cause; it is more common amongst women.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia, please download this factsheet. 

Neck pain

Neck pain is one of the three most frequently reported complaints of the musculoskeletal system. It is usually benign and self-limiting, but can be disabling. It may be associated with symptoms that radiate to the arms or head, and may involve one or several neurovascular and musculoskeletal structures such as nerves, nerve roots, intervertebral joints, discs, bones, muscle or ligaments.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of neck pain, please download this factsheet. 

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain results from damage to, or dysfunction of, the system that normally signals pain. It is often chronic, and can be severe and difficult to treat; its origin can be metabolic, inflammatory or infective, or it can be due to an injury. It is often described as burning, stabbing, stinging, shooting, aching or like an electric shock.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of neuropathic pain, please download this factsheet. 

Pain, chronic

Persistent (chronic) pain is a widespread problem that affects around 8 million people of all ages in the UK. In 22% of cases, chronic pain leads to depression. Typical causes include osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; back, shoulder and neck pain; headache and migraine; cancer pain; tendonitis; endometriosis; neuralgia; and fibromyalgia.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of chronic pain, please download this factsheet. 

Pain, neuropathic

Neuropathic pain results from damage to, or dysfunction of, the system that normally signals pain. It is often chronic, and can be severe and difficult to treat; its origin can be metabolic, inflammatory or infective, or it can be due to an injury. It is often described as burning, stabbing, stinging, shooting, aching or like an electric shock.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of neuropathic pain, please download this factsheet. 

Pain, post-operative

Pain after surgery is common, often severe, and largely unnecessary. It can affect all the organ systems and may lead to a range of issues such as reduced mobility, ischaemia, constipation and fatigue, but is often not treated appropriately.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of post-operative pain, please download this factsheet. 

TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder)

TMJ disorder is an umbrella term, covering acute or chronic pain especially in the chewing muscles, or inflammation of the temporomandibular joint – whose causes may include anylosis, arthritis, trauma, dislocations and neoplasia, with pain and dysfunction in muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue and the teeth. Symptoms include difficulty biting or chewing, jaw pain, clicking, popping, grating, reduced ability to open or close the mouth, dizziness, headache or migraine, neck and shoulder pain, blinking, ear pain, hearing loss and tinnitus.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of TMJ disorder, please download this factsheet.