Let's talk about... Chronic pain
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a guideline for chronic pain in April 2021 stating that painkillers should no longer be prescribed for longer-term pain. We were delighted to see that acupuncture was one of only four treatments recommended.
The implications of the NICE recommendations are enormous for UK healthcare policy and allocation of resources. Simply having this recommendation on the record will add to the credibility of acupuncture here and across the world. Being endorsed for two such important health concerns as headache and chronic pain gives us a stronger platform when approaching doctors, NHS funders, charities, government, insurers and others.
Around a third of the population may be affected by chronic pain; many of those also have a diagnosis of depression, and two-thirds are unable to go out to work because of it.
Use the resources on this page to gain press and public attention and to tell your patients how you can help.