Chronic pain would not be chronic if patients had found a sufficient solution to their injury or condition. This is often the result of patients going through the traditional medical channels for diagnosing and “treating” injuries.
Unfortunately, unless you have been in a car accident, in most cases, insurance will traditionally cover pain pills. What this leads to is masking the pain through toxic medications.
Many of these painkillers are simply narcotics and opioids that can be detrimental to the patient’s overall health and are extremely addictive and habit-forming.
This is why we aim to limit the use of pain medications to last resort/ extreme scenarios.
This is not to say that modern medicine does not have its place in the field of health and wellness. However, it should not overshadow the legitimacy of Eastern medicines that have been around for thousands of years.
Take a walk on the not-so-wild side by going with a treatment method that has been used far longer than modern medicine, acupuncture. Acupuncture has had many medical applications over the years, however, its most legitimate medical application is for the use of pain relief for chronic conditions.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of ancient chinese medicine that utilizes fine needles to influences specific points in the body in order to improve health and wellness.
Developed around the belief that an energy (chi) flows through the body along certain pathways (meridian lines), acupuncture works to free up these pathways in order to create physical, mental and emotional strength and balance. It is believed that when these meridian lines are blocked, it can create a sensation of ill-health and pain that acupuncture needling can free up these blockages and create a sense of overall wellness.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Relief
While patients have expressed dozens of benefits after their acupuncture appointments, confirming exact results and benefits of acupuncture can be challenging.
This is due to the many variances that can occur from treatment to treatment, patient to patient and acupuncturist to acupuncturist, such as:
- the amount of needles use in a treatment,
- the length of the treatment,
- the number of treatments,
- the time between treatments,
- the effectiveness of the acupuncturist,
- patient’s openness to the effectiveness,
- and legitimacy of the acupuncture treatment.
That being said, there is clinical support backing the benefits of acupuncture beyond just simply feeling relaxed. The following chronic conditions can be improved through acupuncture:
- Chronic back pain (sciatica)
- Neck pain relief
- Headaches, migraines
- Knee pain
- Joint pain, osteoarthritis
- Allergies, asthma
- Chronic fatigue
Many more – insomnia, anxiety, musculoskeletal conditions and sexual dysfunction have all been documented to be treated, at least in certain cases, through acupuncture.
If you notice any of these symptoms – contact us for a free consultation to see if acupuncture is the right treatment for you.