Natural Pain Relief with Acupuncture
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 is recurring 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 safest 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.
Chronic Pain Relief
Have you been suffering with chronic pain? Do you feel like you have tried everything and relief is still nowhere to be found? When the heating pads, massage and medications are not working, consider acupuncture for pain relief.
Many people who are struggling with chronic pain have tried traditional medical approaches and are still in pain every day. Rather than live in misery, perhaps trying a new approach is appropriate. While not in the traditional repertoire of treatments for pain, acupuncture can bring much-needed relief and improve your quality of life.
A Natural Approach to Treating Chronic Pain
Acupuncture involves using thin needles (it’s pain-free) to stimulate the body internal energy flow. This internal stimulation helps to connect with and channel misdirected chi that is at the root of your pain. Chi (Qi) is the life force or energy that flows through all living things. Ongoing pain is an indicator that chi has been disrupted. In order to achieve lasting pain relief, chi must be released so that it’s flow is not impeded.
Acupuncture helps relieve many types of pain. Whether it is used to relieve migraine pain by targeting chi that is causing neurons to misfire or to resolve skeletal issues like arthritis and lower back pain, acupuncture may be the answer you seek.
A skilled acupuncturist assesses the issues causing your pain and devises a treatment plan specific to your needs. Pinched sciatic nerve limiting your range of motion and making each movement painful? There’s a targeted acupuncture approach that focuses on releasing misdirected energy around your back, hips and legs that can help. Limited range of motion due to a pinched nerve? Targeting specific pressure points along the nerve can bring relief, sometimes after one treatment and lasting relief with a continued treatment regimen.
Acupuncture doesn’t just help with muscular and skeletal pain. If you have had surgery and are having problems with post-surgery pain and healing, acupuncture treatment can help speed up recovery and bring faster relief.
Often, acupuncture for pain is used in combination with more traditional Western medicine treatments. Your chiropractor may recommend acupuncture as part of a regimen that includes chiropractic adjustments, electronic muscle stimulation and heated massages.
Because acupuncture involves redistributing the flow of energy throughout your body, its benefits extend beyond pain relief. Properly flowing Qi leads to more energy and greater overall well-being. You will think more clearly, rest better and feel more serene. All of this is a great environment for healing and achieving a higher state of being. It helps make your body less susceptible for future muscle pain.
While most people do not consider acupuncture until all other options are exhausted, it might be time to rethink when acupuncture becomes part of your wellness plan. For centuries, acupuncturists have been able to provide effective and drug free pain relief that exceeds results provided by Western medicine.
Acupuncture for Back Pain
Why does acupuncture work for back pain? A number of studies exists, such as a recent acupuncture back pain study conducted by the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, that have concluded that acupuncture is more effective in treating back pain than the standard treatment of medication and physical therapy. How it does that is a matter of some debate among researchers.
Traditional Chinese medical practitioners will tell you that acupuncture redresses an imbalance in the flow of energy through the body called Qi. Pain can be caused by blockage of Qi, through the body’s natural meridians. Pain can be alleviated by facilitating this flow of energy. In standard western medical terms Acupuncture can alter the body’s neurotransmitters, hormones and the inflammatory and immune system.
The Spine Health site adds that acupuncture can release opioid peptides by stimulating the human nervous system. These kinds of opioids plays an enormous role in alleviating all kinds of chronic pain, including back pain. Another theory is that acupuncture serves as conductors of electromagnetic energy. This in turn stimulates the production of endorphins which serve as the body’s natural pain killers.
The National Institutes of Health have recognized since 1998 that acupuncture is a safe, effective method of pain relief, not only for back pain but also for post-operative dental pain, headaches, and carpel tunnel syndrome. Subsequent studies have only proven to bolster this conclusion.
Thus anyone who is suffering from chronic back pain for whom the standard treatments are not working may benefit from a course of acupuncture from a reputable practitioner.
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