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Pain Med. 2008 Oct;9(7):963-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2007.00334.x.

Urtication for musculoskeletal pain?

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School of Physiotherapy, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.


Urtication refers to the deliberate stinging of the skin with nettles. Throughout history urtication has been used for a range of different purposes. This case describes an interesting clinical encounter in which a patient with recurring low back pain reports using urtication to help with pain control. Some recent research into this previously more widespread pain-relieving strategy is also discussed.

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