Acupuncture for Aches and Pains
The bread and butter of our work, the use of acupuncture for pain is what we are known for best. Modern science is still trying to figure out how it works, and at the least, they’ve figured out that the insertion of an acupuncture needle triggers a variety of responses from your body that help to heal aches and pains. These include:
- The local stimulation to repair the tissue damage from the needle that also benefits other injuries in the area,
- The release of naturally occurring pain reducing chemicals called endorphins, and
- Changes in the perception of pain as modulated by nerves in the spinal cord and different parts of the brain.
This can be helpful for treating the following pain conditions:
- Headaches and migraines
- Neck pain, mid-back pain, and low back pain
- Hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, leg pain, and foot pain
- Shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, arm pain, and hand pain;
- Abdominal pain, and chest pain
- Arthritis, tendonitis, strains & sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, sciatica, gallbladder stones, and kidney stones
- Pain related to surgery, sports injuries, work injuries, and auto accidents.
In terms of how we prioritize treatment by acupuncture for pain, given that there are no harmful side effects except for rare instances of bruising or a few drops of blood with needle withdrawal, acupuncture should be at the top of the list of things to try. This is in stark contrast to the use of pharmaceutical drugs, which surprisingly for some, have made Adverse Drug Reactions the 4th leading cause of death in the United States!
While I do occasionally hit it out of the park on the first try and my patients’ pain is gone, in fairness it is best to try a series of 4-6 sessions to see how well acupuncture can help, and especially before you do drugs or surgery. Keep in mind that there are different stages of healing and treatment: The first involves putting out the fire and getting rid of aches and pains. The second involves treating the underlying conditions that allowed the aches and pains to develop. And the third involves more of a maintenance program for those would like to be proactive and prevent the imbalances from returning. As every journey begins with the first step, let’s schedule an appointment for acupuncture today: