A seven year international and multi-disciplinary team, including European, American, Canadian and Australasian researchers, has found some complementary therapies such as acupuncture and massage, are better choices for managing most common neck pain, than many current medical practices.
The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain, was created to help health professionals and neck pain sufferers, use the best research evidence to prevent, diagnose and manage the condition. Neck pain is widespread, and can be associated with headaches, arm pain, upper back pain and depression. It may arise from injuries such as whiplash, occupational factors, or stress, and for most sufferers, it is persistent and recurrent.
(Spine Journal 2008 and CAM, March 2008.)