Acupuncture Provides Effective Pain Relief

by Wendy Lind, RAc

Acupuncture, a safe alternative to pain relief treatments, clears the blockage of vital energy within pathways in the body. These pathways are called meridians and each is linked to a specific organ or organ system. Acupuncture is more effective than traditional drug therapies because it treats the cause and effect of pain.

Acupuncture can help relieve pain caused by physical trauma, muscle or bone weakness, injury, poor posture, physical strain or other factors. Pain caused by or associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, migraine or stress headaches, back pain and even cancer can all be treated effectively using this ancient Chinese therapy.

To ensure you receive the maximum benefit from your acupuncture therapy, you need to describe your pain as accurately as possible. In other words, your Acupuncturist will want to know when the pain started, whether or not it is constant or intermittent, whether it is the result of an injury or other physical trauma, etc. Different treatment points may be selected for different types of pain. When your Acupuncturist has accurate information, your treatment therapy will be more effective and you will experience pain relief in the shortest amount of time.

Acupuncture is generally a three-stop process. First, the organs that correspond to the specific pain are stimulated. By doing so, energy and blood flow to nourish the entire body and targets the area(s) experiencing pain. Determining the meridian to tap into is the second step and the final step is determining points of needle insertion that will target the painful area.

The needles the Acupuncturist uses are stainless steel and about the thickness of a human hair. They are inserted into specific treatment points in the human body, which then send a message to the central nervous system. When the central nervous system receives the signal, the brain releases endorphins, a natural brain chemical that helps in pain suppression.

A plan by your Acupuncturist will be personalized for you based on the nature of your pain, i.e., radiating, chronic, etc., and the source of the pain, e.g., injury, disease, etc., plus your medical history. When the needles are inserted during the acupuncture treatments, they will remain in place for several minutes. The duration of the treatment will be determined based on how quickly you respond to the treatments. The number of sessions could be very few to extending over several weeks before you experience complete pain relief.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs only provide temporary pain relief. Often muscle relaxants or anti inflammatory drugs can cause adverse side effects. Acupuncture therapy affords long-term relief of pain with no harmful ingredients or dangerous chemicals to harm your body or disrupt your normal daily activities. No debilitating side effects from acupuncture are experienced as with many anti-inflammatory drugs or prescription narcotics.

Acupuncture does not provide a one size fits all, instant cure for pain suffers. It takes time to restore your body’s energy systems to their properly balanced state. Some symptoms, though, may be diminished after only one treatment. The number of treatments your Acupuncturist determines you will need to achieve complete pain relief will depend upon several factors including how long you have been in pain, the cause and nature of the pain as well as how quickly you respond to treatment.

Acupuncture offers a holistic approach to pain relief, treating not only the pain but also the cause of the pain. With no adverse side effects, acupuncture is a safe alternative for pain relief.

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