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Are there alternative treatments for superficial somatic pain?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Alternative treatments for superficial somatic pain do exist. Two such treatments are acupuncture and magnet therapy. In acupuncture, small needles are inserted into the skin at specific locations on your body. It has been used to treat many pain related disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Magnet therapy is sometimes used in athletic injuries and involves wearing a magnetic band around the wrists or neck. Both acupuncture and magnet therapy were used in ancient Chinese medicine. The material responsible for giving hot peppers their heat (capsaicin) is also used as an alternative treatment for superficial somatic pain.

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