How Acupuncture Can Help You Manage Pain, Avoid Injury, and Train Smarter
Everything you need to know about the process of becoming a human pincushion. (Including, yes, whether it hurts.) BY EMILY ABBATE
Why would I ever do this?
Acupuncture is the insertion of super-thin needles—between 0.12 mm and 0.35 mm—into strategic areas around the body called acupuncture points. Depending on where these needles are inserted, experts say, you can treat a number of different conditions and diseases. Research published in the Journal of Pain found that acupuncture can treat chronic pain, including back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as conditions like chronic headaches and osteoarthritis. Randomized clinical trials have found that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for cancer-related pain, too.