Your Body Was Built to Heal Itself
Treating Pain with Acupuncture
The human body is amazing. From day one on this earth, our skin and bones, organs and immune systems know how to repair themselves from damage. Each of us has the necessary components within our body to promote healing and regeneration.
Acupuncture taps into the body's ability to heal itself and directs the body's attention to the areas that require it the most. Acupuncture is well recognized in the medical field as an effective treatment for chronic pain. An often cited study in 2012 found conclusively that acupuncture was better than no acupuncture or simulated acupuncture for the treatment of back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain.
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What Kind of Pain Can Acupuncture Treat?
Chronic Pain • Acupuncture is a non-invasive and gentle pain management approach. The National Institute of Health cites a number of studies demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide variety of chronic pain including chronic back pain, neck pain, headaches and even fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia • Recent studies have shown some promise for the use of acupuncture in the treatment in Fibromyalgia patients, and our fibromyalgia patients could only add to that positivity. Fibromyalgia often affects both sleep and stress levels. Acupuncture lessens fibromyalgia related stress, improves sleep and promotes overall healing and an increase in comfort.
Back & Neck Pain • As mentioned above, Acupuncture is notably effective in the treatment of back and neck pain. In addition to directing the body's natural healing powers toward specific areas of discomfort, the process of acupuncture releases endorphins which are the body's natural pain killer.
Muscle Pain • Muscle Pain (myalgia) is often triggered by injury, overexertion, injury or infections in the soft tissues. This pain can range from localized and mild to generalized and debilitating, often accompanied by swelling, redness, fever or tenderness. As needles are inserted in the appropriate areas, endorphins are released allowing not only for pain relief, but for the muscles to untighten, relax and heal naturally.
Nerve Pain • Acupuncture stimulates blood flow to damaged nerve endings, promoting healing and repair. Nerve pain is often chronic by nature. Peripheral Neuropathy (a disorder that occurs when nerves malfunction due to damage or destruction) Treatments can mitigate the pain from permanently damaged nerves and encourage healing in reversibly damaged nerves.
Headaches • Many people do not respond effectively to drugs prescribed for chronic headaches, and others while they experience pain relief, are no fan of the accompanying side effects of the medication. This is one of the many reasons that acupuncture is such a popular treatment for Chronic Headaches. The effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for Chronic Headaches is well documented in western medicine.