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Acupuncture and Chronic Pain

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Natural Pain Management Remedies

Natural pain management remedies can reduce your reliance on pain relievers and help you heal. If you suffer from chronic pain, consider trying one of these natural pain management methods.

Massage

Massage helps loosen stiff muscles and improves the range of motion in your joints. During a massage, your body releases endorphins and serotonin. These natural substances help reduce pain and improve your mood. Massage can also reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Yoga

When you're stressed, you may feel the painful symptoms of arthritis, low back pain or migraines more acutely. Yoga offers a simple way to reduce stress and relieve pain. Practicing yoga movements just a few minutes a day can help you prevent and relieve pain.

Hypnosis

Although it's entertaining to watch your best friend quack like a duck during a hypnosis stage show, hypnosis isn't just a form of entertainment. Hypnotic suggestions can lessen pain and reduce your need for pain relievers. Although many people benefit from hypnosis, some people are resistant to hypnotic suggestions.

Acupuncture Provides Chronic Pain Relief

Dealing with chronic pain can leave you feeling exhausted and depressed. Although pain medication can help, over-the-counter and prescription drugs may not relieve pain completely and may cause unpleasant side effects, such as dizziness and nausea. Acupuncture offers a natural way to reduce pain without any side effects.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing therapy that has been used to treat pain for thousands of years. The first acupuncture practitioners believed that Qi, an essential life energy, runs through your body. If the energy becomes blocked, pain and other symptoms occur. Inserting tiny needles into the parts of the body that correspond to the blockages frees the Qi, restores balance to your body, and relieves pain.

What Conditions Do Acupuncturists Treat?

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions and diseases that cause chronic pain, including:

  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Nerve pain, including trigeminal neuralgia and post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Gallbladder and liver disorders
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Shoulder, neck and back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Heartburn and hiatal hernia
  • Colitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Menstrual pain and other gynecological issues
  • Pain from scar tissue and adhesions
  • Eczema
  • Chronic conjunctivitis

Does Acupuncture Really Help Chronic Pain?

A number of research studies have supported the use of acupuncture for chronic pain treatment. In one case, researchers studied the effects of acupuncture on people with chronic headache, and shoulder, neck and back pain. Study participants who received acupuncture, rather than sham treatment or no treatment, reported less pain. Other studies have found that acupuncture is an effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis and migraine.

What Happens During Acupuncture Treatment?

Before one needle is placed in your body, your acupuncture practitioner will take the time to get to know you. He or she will ask about your medical history, lifestyle, diet, medications and chronic pain symptoms. This information will help him or her determine the appropriate treatment plan for you.

During treatment, your acupuncture practitioner will place very thin needles in your body at the energy meridian that corresponds to your problem. Some people feel a mild pinprick or a pinching or tingling sensation when the needles pierce their bodies, but others do not even feel them.

The needles remain in place for seconds or minutes before they are removed. Your acupuncturist may also recommend a therapy called electro acupuncture. This form of acupuncture therapy uses a mild electric current to enhance the effect of the needles. You may begin to feel a little better after one treatment, although it usually takes multiple sessions to notice significant reduction in pain.

Acupuncture Treatment is Just One Aspect of Your Recovery

In addition to acupuncture treatments, your practitioner may recommend steps you can take to become healthier and reduce your painful symptoms. He or she may recommend that you may changes to your diet and take certain herbs or supplements to improve your body's nutritional balance.

Are you tired of living with chronic pain? Call us and find out how acupuncture treatment can help you.