Acupuncture Care for Pain
You jolt into consciousness, the jagged siren call of your alarm clock beckoning you to get up. Slightly disoriented, you reach your arm towards the bed-side table, twist your neck, and —
Sharp pain erupts across your neck, shoulders, and back. You lay back in bed, alarm or no alarm.
Neck and shoulder pain is uncomfortable, disruptive, and even dangerous (have you driven down the highway without the ability to rotate your head to check the blind spot?). The same could be said for any number of instances of physical pain — sports injuries, migraines, back pain, etc. Wouldn’t you love to recover and get your life back?
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for all kinds of pain. To understand how, first you need to understand where pain comes from.
There are two kinds of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain (sometimes called acute traumatic injury) is damage that results from a single application of force. You fall and twist your ankle and feel sharp needles. A bad experience of whiplash leaves your neck tingling. Your back is sore after you try to lift a box that’s just a little too heavy. Chronic pain is a little more complicated. This injury occurs over a long stretch of time and results from lifestyle factors. Repeated movements lead to chronic sports injuries, bad posture leads to chronic back pain, and poor sleeping habits can result in chronic neck and shoulder pain. Stress affects all of these. Migraines tend to result from a combination of emotional triggers, stress, and imbalances in brain chemicals.
So what does this have to do with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture works by inserting thin, sterilized needles into the skin at strategic points along the patient’s body. The ancient tradition is that this act restores balance to the body’s energy. Today, medical practitioners recognize acupuncture’s ability to induce a calming effect and reduce stress. It jump-starts and increases blood flow throughout the body, which helps get damaged muscles what they need to recover. Acupuncture releases tension and supports the body’s natural self-healing processes; it can be used to effectively treat physical pain — anything from sprains to swollen muscles to headaches.
This is not a “quick-fix” — anyone wanting that is actually looking for a band-aid, rather than a real solution that gets to the root problem. But acupuncture does address both acute and chronic pain — it acts as a short-term pain reliever, supports the body’s natural self-healing processes, and contributes to a stress-free, balanced lifestyle.
If you would like to receive acupuncture care for pain, contact us today!