This randomised, controlled trial investigates the use of concomitant relaxation during acupuncture treatment for pain. Twenty seven patients attending an out-patient acupuncture clinic with chronic pain of various origins were asked to listen to a tape either of music or of autogenic relaxation suggestions during acupuncture treatment. Measurements pre and post treatment were taken of perceived pain, and comparisons between the two tape uses and a no tape group was made. Whilst no significant difference was found between the methods, a trend towards benefit from the use of an autogenic relaxation tape during acupuncture treatment was shown. Further research is planned.
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