Acupuncture has Long Been Recognized as an
Effective Treatment for Chronic Pain
“As a patient, it seemed as if no medical professional could give me an answer to my chronic pain.
After only a few [Acupuncture] sessions, my energy had doubled, and muscle tension washed away.
During the treatment, occasional bouts of deep pain led to a release in knots and tightness that had been commonplace for years.
Gradually, my symptoms reduced, and I was brighter, sharper and full of energy.
Even my insomnia fell away, and my sleep deepened.”
Acupuncture for Chronic Pain
Acupuncture is an excellent way to address chronic pain. In fact, it was proven particularly beneficial for those suffering from agonizing musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back pain. It is unfortunate that acupuncture sometimes gets short shrift by much of the medical world, considering just how effective, non-invasive, and beneficial it really is.
Though acupuncture is considered an “alternative” pain relief method, it has proven effective in the treatment of a number of chronic pain conditions. In February of 2017 the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), stated that acupuncture was “a reasonable option for people with chronic pain…” In 2012, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) reported findings from a study conducted on a large sample size of patients suffering from headaches, arthritis, shoulder pain, and back aches. The researchers in this study, after ensuring proper technique, both in their treatment methods and research design, concluded that acupuncture should absolutely be included in the arsenal of pain relief methods already available to the public.
Acupuncture, a method of pain relief introduced several millennia ago, promotes the unobstructed flow of Qi throughout the body. Through the use of specially designed needles that are millimeters in width and inserted carefully into the skin, pain can be lessened and in time, fully alleviated.
What is Chronic Pain?
All of us experience pain from time to time. The occasional headache or stubbed toe may seem inconsequential, but the uncomfortable sensations they produce are very real. Intermittent or time limited pain, such as menstrual cramps, is generally short lived but can cause a great deal of distress to its sufferers. Pain is considered chronic however when it lasts for at least three months and leads to limitations in range of motion, general functioning, and quality of life.
How Can Acupuncture Treat Chronic Pain?
The premise upon which acupuncture is based includes an understanding of Qi. When one’s Qi, or flow of energy, is interrupted, blockages and disruptions in the body’s homeostasis and overall functioning are said to occur. In order to release these blockages, acupuncture needles must be clinically and strategically placed in order to achieve optimal pain relief. These sites, more commonly referred to as acupressure points, are known to produce a marked inhibitory influence on pain.
In addition to stimulating pressure points, unblocking Qi, and targeting key acupoints that correspond to affected systems within the body, acupuncture also impacts endorphin levels. Endorphins are a key player in the body’s pain management system. When inserted properly, acupuncture needles can stimulate the production of endorphins which in turn leads to pain control.