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Acupuncture is an alternative way to relieve pain in different areas of the human body.This photo demonstrates where a practitioner would place the needles on the hand and arm of a person who suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome.

What's the alternative?

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When Amanda Malvick, of Lake Park, got into a car accident in 1999, she began suffering from back, neck and shoulder pain.

Her fibromyalgia didn't help either, and she began taking multiple narcotics and muscle relaxants.

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"I was on medication for a year and a half and gradually got off," she said.

Malvick decided to go the alternative medical route, to be more natural. As a nurse, she understands the side effects drugs can have on a person's body.

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