Acupuncture and other alternative healing modalities (reiki, massage, etc.) can quite often provide relief of symptoms and in some cases resolve pain entirely (especially in cases of misalignment and stagnant energy caused by old injury). These alternative healing techniques suggest there's more to pain and injury than just the physical component... of course, we all know we're made of more than just matter. Energy and movement is so much a part of who we are. If you're skeptical about acupuncture (or any other alternative healing techniques), I encourage you to read this post and find out what made me become a believer.