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Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies are non-pharmacological treatments recognised to provide pain relief in certain chronic conditions. These include:

  • Transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENs)
    This is a small, battery operated device which produces electrical signals that stimulate sensory nerves allowing a reduction in pain and muscle spasm.
    Muscular, joint and back pain may respond to such therapy.


  • Acupuncture is the technique of placing fine needles into acupuncture points within the body to stimulate local nerves and release chemicals. It was originally based on the principles of traditional Chinese Medicine and there is now current medical evidence to support its use in Chronic Pain Conditions, including headache, neck pain, myofascial pain, tendinitis, osteoarthritic joint pain and back pain.


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