A patient with neck problems alerted me to this study. He has been working with a trainer but sees a marked improvement with acupuncture treatments. This study compares physiotherapy alone, acupuncture alone, to combination treatment. Unsurprisingly, the combined therapy works the best.
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Tension neck syndrome treated by acupuncture combined with physiotherapy: a comparative clinical trial (pilot study).
França DL, Senna-Fernandes V, Cortez CM, Jackson MN, Bernardo-Filho M, Guimarães MA.
Complement Ther Med. 2008 Oct;16(5):268-77

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Médicas, Brazil.
“After 6 months of follow-up, the improvements of all groups were maintained (p < style=”font-weight: bold;”>The data suggested that acupuncture effect may facilitate and/or enhance physiotherapy performance in musculoskeletal rehabilitation for tension neck syndrome.”