Acupuncture for Pain Relief
Acupuncture is widely known and accepted for its amazing ability to heal pain. Pain is the bodyвЂ™s alarm system indicating that an imbalance exists. When the body is in a healthy, balanced state, it is able to recover from pain quickly. But we have all had the experience when we have been вЂњstuckвЂќ in a pain pattern. Acupuncture can then help by reducing pain, decreasing inflammation and shortening recovery thus supporting the body back to its natural balanced state.
Many studies in the U.S. show that acupuncture can help relieve chronic low back pain, dental pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and symptoms of osteoarthritis. It has also been shown to assist in the treatment of emotional pain syndromes such as post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as controlling chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Conditions Treated by Acupuncture
- Soft Tissue Injuries (Sprains, Muscle Strain)
- Sports Injury
- Headaches or Migrains
- Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Back and Neck Pain
- Muscle Tension
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Frozen Shoulder
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
What We Know </strong>About Acupuncture
Acupuncture appears to enhance communication between the central and the peripheral nervous system. Yes, cells communicate with one another and there are many receptor sites on the cells where communication exchange occurs. It seems that acupuncture may signal neurotransmitters and other chemical messengers to relay information to cells in the body. Some pharmacuetical agents work in this manner. Post acupuncture MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) brain studies are showing support for this reasoning as well as other studies conducted at Stanford, Duke University, and The National Institute of Health. They believe this to be true because certain brain regions become more active after acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture decreases the inflammatory cascade cycle in the body and therefore is helpful in pain management and inflammatory disease processes. It is a safe method of controlling inflammation in the body as NSAIDS (Anti-nflammatory agents such as Naproxen, Advil, Ibuprofen) to name a few have long term adverse side affects on the digestive tract.
Acupuncture appears to enhance the bodysвЂ™ immune system and promote homeostasis in the body which is a very complex process. Homeostasis is the bodyвЂ™s method of adapting and responding to the external world. The body must keep itsвЂ™ internal environment balanced so it can respond to the external world. Every moment of every day are bodies have to be able to adapt to heat, cold, emotions, environmental stimuli, pollutants, allergens, chemical exposures, and keep its internal environment stable. Think of your bodyвЂ™s internal world as body systems controlling PH, hormone levels, digestion, neurotransmitters, and so much more. The human body is remarkable and complex. Think of acupuncture as assisting in modulating this process.
Acupuncture appears to improve blood flow to injured or compromised areas of the body. Blood caries nutrients and materials necessary for health and healing. It seems to improve microcirculation of blood and nutrients in smaller capillary beds which may speed up the healing process.