Acupuncture excels in its ability to treat chronic pain. Pain itself is not a diagnosis, but rather an indication that there is a problem somewhere in the body. The intensity of pain typically indicates how severe the problem is. Everybody has a different threshold for pain. Pain that increases and does not lessen over time should get immediate attention.
How Does Acupuncture Stop Pain?
Acupuncture is extremely powerful and effective for treating pain. Acupuncture not only decreases pain levels, but it also stimulates the body's healing ability. Pain is always caused by a disruption of circulation and subsequent lack of nourishment to the tissues. Pain can be triggered by compromised circulation of Qi, Fluids, Blood, or a combination of all three. It is the nature of acupuncture to influence the circulation of the body's vital substances. Depending on the severity of the pain, the location, and the cause of the pain, practitioners of Chinese medicine have a multitude of modalities at there disposal to address the condition. Your acupuncturist will select acupuncture, cupping, gua she, tui na, or herbs to treat pain based on your individual needs.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
This will vary depending on the specific condition being treated. You will receive an individual treatment plan based on your age, history, lifestyle, goals and level of your pain. Generally pain that is of an acute nature (less than 3 months) is often resolved in a short series of treatments spaced close together. While pain of a chronic nature requires consistent regular treatments to achieve long lasting pain relief.
How Will Acupuncture Help You Deal With Your Pain?
Generally people find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing. While you may not expect this effect when dealing with a painful condition, acupuncture helps the body balance itself. This balancing will leave a person feeling calm, peaceful and relaxed. Pain is stressful and can wear someone down leading to irritability, tension, and poor sleep. Acupuncture will eliminate the negative impact of pain in a natural way, with no unwanted side effects. Acupuncture will treat the entire person, not just the one part that is causing pain. Often underlying conditions of imbalance in the body will cause a person to respond poorly to other treatments, or respond in a way that is very short lived. By considering conditions in the body which may complicate the recovery from a painful condition acupuncture can offer lasting pain relief.