Acupuncture for Acute and Chronic Pain
Acupuncture for Pain
Maybe you don’t call it pain? Maybe you call it discomfort, tension or something that doesn’t feel quite right.
Maybe you can’t remember when your joints didn’t ache or your back wasn’t sore or your knees weren’t stiff or you didn’t have a headache…….
Being pain-free is a necessary component of good health. It’s much easier to live a good life when you feel good. You may attribute how you feel to your lifestyle, age, or genetics.
Being as pain-free as possible is a necessary component of good health. It’s much easier to live a good life when you feel good. You may attribute how your pain feels to your lifestyle, age or genetics and think that there is nothing to be done.
But, thankfully, you’re reading this and are about to find out that there is lots we can do!
“Three Underlying Causes of Pain”
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Acupuncture is not usually anyone’s first thought when they are struggling with acute or chronic pain. However, it is becoming more and more popular and (big cheer!!) the NICE guidelines have recently included acupuncture as one of the main treatments for chronic pain – yay!!!
The conditions listed here are just a few of the ones that an acupuncturist regularly sees in their clinic:
- frozen shoulder
- back pain
- tension headaches
- muscle tightness/injury
- plantar fasciitis
- tennis/golf elbow
- carpal tunnel problems
Three Underlying Causes of Pain
Pain is often the result of three, seemingly hidden, underlying causes:
- inflammation – the kind that simmers below the surface in our system
- stress – and the chain of events that chronic stress sets up
- poor circulation – reduced blood flow slows the healing process and allows waste to accumulate
Acupuncture can provide relief from pain by:
- reducing inflammation
- releasing endorphins, our natural painkillers
- improving blood flow
- encouraging a local healing response
Acupuncture is relaxing
Acupuncture is also an extremely relaxing treatment.
If you suffer from stress, it can help you to unwind at the end of a busy day thus tackling your pain from many angles.
When your mind relaxes, your body does too, allowing problems to be dealt with before they become chronic issues
As well as acupuncture, other therapies may be integrated into your treatment.
- Cupping uses suction cups and is great at relieving tight muscles.
- Acupressure, as it’s name implies, involves applying pressure to certain points, usually incorporated within a massage
- Moxa involves applying heat to an area or acupuncture point either directly or on a needle
- Electroacupuncture applies electrical stimulation across an area to increase circulation and reduce inflammation
Let’s get you back to your old self
Wondering if acupuncture can help with your symptoms?