What is Pain?
Pain is how our brain interprets an unpleasant or uncomfortable situation, such as a muscle aches or the feeling we get when we burn our tongue on hot foods. A person’s perception of pain may be different from someone else’s, so it is difficult for scientists to give a perfect explanation of pain.
The two types of pain people can feel will either be acute or chronic. Acute pain is temporary and usually correlates with discomfort and soreness mainly occurring from post-surgery, small injuries, or illness. Chronic pain shows up quite frequently or is a constant pain. A few examples of chronic pain are headaches, nerve injury, pain from severe illness, back pain, or neck pain.
Although pain can be quite discomforting, the reason the body feels pain is in order to keep your body from participating in harmful activities. For example, when you are cooking on the stove and you accidentally touch the hot surface with your hand your body will let you know through pain. If you could not feel pain, then you could completely burn the skin off of your body.
Most people tend to visit the doctor and get prescribed to strong pain-relief drugs when they are hurt or for chronic pain. Although there are certainly applications for pain relief medications especially in the short term, long term use of such drugs can and often do have negative side effects. Another reason people pursue pain relief treatments could be because their body has already adapted to the medication and now they need either a stronger medicine (with more negative health effects) or an alternative. Fortunately, there is a method that has no negative side effects and will never lose its effectiveness in pain relief. This technique is known as acupuncture.
Relieve Pain with Acupuncture
Whether a person has an acute or chronic pain, acupuncture can work for both no matter where the pain is in the body. One of the scientific explanations to how this method can cure pain is that acupuncture activates certain endorphins that contain a pain relieving chemical within them. Another explanation is that the needles used also redirect pain signals from being transferred to the brain.
The original Chinese explanation, dated back to ancient times, is that acupuncture involves the energy of the human body. It is said that when energy is blocked or disrupted, it can lead to you feeling pain in a specific area. There are a variety of reasons to why a pathway can be obstructed, such as stress or illness. The needles used in acupuncture are used to clear the pathways so that energy can freely flow again and relieve pain. The needles are extremely thin and completely sterile. Although it may sound unpleasant, acupuncture is completely pain-free and safe to do.
Health organizations have said that acupuncture is the technique to use in order to relieve chronic pain conditions. Of course, while it may work for most people it may not work for some, but it is best to research into this alternative as it one of the best, natural ways one could use to heal their bodies.
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