Relieve Pain with Acupuncture
In Chinese culture, this method is believed to balance the flow of the body’s energy, and acupuncture points lie along this energy flow. In the Western world, these acupuncture points are viewed as places to stimulate nerves, muscle and connective tissue, resulting in increased blood flow and a boost in the body’s natural painkillers.
Acupuncture is often used to relieve symptoms of conditions and illnesses such as fibromyalgia, lower back pain, migraines, osteoarthritis, dental pain and more. Treatment varies depending on the condition, but most plans consist of multiple visits to an acupuncturist over a period of time.
Throughout the process, thin needles are inserted into the skin at the point in which your condition will be relieved, whether it is at the point of pain or farther from it. Once placed, these needles may be gently moved to aid in treatment. Other times, you will be asked to relax while they remain in place.
Just like any traditional medical treatment, it’s important to do your homework when choosing an acupuncturist. Ask for recommendations, check credentials, be sure they are certified, and go in for a consultation before you commit to treatment so you can go with someone you trust. With any treatment, there are risks and it’s the same with acupuncture. Maintain open communication with your acupuncturist of choice, disclosing any medications or disorders that could complicate your treatment. If you’re suffering from chronic pain and are looking for an alternative to pain medication, it’s worth a shot to research local practitioners in the area to see if acupuncture is the right treatment for your pain.