Acupuncture is best known for its ability to successfully treat pain. Pain itself is not a diagnosis, but rather an indication or warning that there is a problem somewhere in the body. Many times the exact location of pain points to where the problem is. In other situations the site of pain may be related to problems far away, for example leg pain resulting from a herniated disk pushing on a nerve in the back.
Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of headaches, back pain, sciatic pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee pain, heel pain, as well as fibromyalgia, arthritis & carpal tunnel syndrome.
How does acupuncture stop pain?
There are many therapies that attempt to stop pain. Most of them mask the pain while hoping the body is able to heal itself or push the body to heal faster while offering limited pain relief. Acupuncture is an extremely powerful and effective approach to treat pain because it decreases pain levels as it stimulates the body’s healing response. Acupuncture resolves pain by affecting several pain pathways and healing responses at the same time, including:
- Raising endorphin levels and diminishing the nervous system’s pain response
- Decreasing inflammation and swelling
- Relaxing muscles and stop spasms
- Increasing circulation to the local area
How many treatments will I need?
This varies considerably based on the specific condition being treated. Each person receives an individualized treatment plan based on age, past medical history, lifestyle, treatment goals and current pain status. Generally speaking however, acute pain (less than 3 months duration) is often resolved in a short series of treatments spaced close together and chronic pain requires consistent regular treatment to achieve long-term pain relief.
How else will acupuncture help me deal with my pain?
Acupuncture treatments are very relaxing. You probably wouldn’t expect this effect, especially dealing with painful conditions. But acupuncture balances various parts of the body together, which makes you feel calm, peaceful and very relaxed. Pain is stressful and can wear you down causing irritability, tension and insomnia. By relaxing the whole body and mind, acupuncture also helps eliminate these other negative aspects of pain. And it does so in a natural way, with no negative side effects.
Acupuncture also looks at the entire person, not just the one part that hurts. This means we might offer you suggestions for individual lifestyle improvements regarding exercise, supplements and diet, and sleeping and stress management techniques to help you improve your health and decrease pain.
If you suffer from headaches, back pain, sciatic pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee pain, heel pain, as well as fibromyalgia, arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome, you’re a great candidate for acupuncture treatment.