Acupuncture can treat your injury or pain as part of a comprehensive treatment plan or on its own. It is a traditional Chinese medicine technique for balancing the life force (qi or chi) flowing through pathways (meridians) in the body. Continue reading.
If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, you probably feel like you’ve tried everything to get relief. From switching from one medication to the next, exercising or not, nothing seems to make much difference. Chronic pain steals much joy out of life and prevents you from living fully. Alternative medicine often gets a bad rap, but you may want to give it a try to move out of chronic pain.
What is Alternative Medicine?
Alternative medicine is healthcare outside of the mainstream Western pharmaceutical-based medicine in the United States. The list includes many different specialties or areas of focus. For example, chiropractic care, acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy and Ayurveda are all types of alternative medicine that have been used for years. Continue reading.
Acupuncture is known in some circles as an alternative treatment for various conditions. It can be that, and it can also be a complementary treatment in addition to traditional medical treatments. This method of treating various diseases and conditions can be quite effective for patients. Unfortunately, there are myths and mysteries surrounding the practice that cause people who could benefit from the procedure to overlook it or doubt its effectiveness.
An Ancient Form of Medicine
While patients in the United States have only started becoming acquainted with acupuncture in the past few decades, the practice has been used for thousands of years in China and other Asian countries. In fact, the modern form of acupuncture practiced today is based on teachings from the 15th century Ming Dynasty. Points that acupuncturists use today have been found mapped out on bronze statues from that era.
Minimal or No Pain
Yes, very thin needles are used in the procedure, but believe it or not, there is usually no pain involved; if you do feel something, it is no worse than a mosquito. You may feel a tiny bit of pressure, a bit of achiness or tingling, but no serious pain. If you do feel uncomfortable or have pain, let your acupuncturist know. Adjustment of the needle should remedy the problem.
It Is Not a One-Time Treatment
Like other alternative or adjunct treatments, acupuncture involves a series of sessions to get the desired results. Anytime you begin a regime of therapy, you can expect to attend at least a few sessions. It is the same with acupuncture. Each individual is different and your body will respond to treatment differently from someone else who has the same condition. Acupuncture must be used consistently for a period of time. It can take several weeks before you begin to see results, so do not be quick to say it does not work.
It Is Not Just for Pain
You are probably most familiar with acupuncture being used to treat pain. There have been studies that show its effectiveness in treating lower back pain, headaches, arthritis and other types of pain. It is also used to treat other conditions such as high blood pressure, nausea, sleep disorders and more.
At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, our licensed acupuncturists successfully treat a variety of pain conditions and injuries. Ask about this simple and effective method for relieving your pain. Call today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. James Petros, Allied Pain & Spine Institute
Acupuncture started in China approximately 3,000 years ago, but was seen as an exotic practice in the West until as recently as the 20th century. Acupuncture showed up in mainstream American culture in 1971, and is quickly becoming recognized by those outside its Chinese origins as a safe and effective treatment for pain. The FDA recognized acupuncture needles as medical devices in 1996. Allied Pain and Spine Institute is proud to offer this procedure to our patients.
One of the most serious impediments to your quality of life is pain. If you suffer ongoing (chronic) pain in your back, neck and spine, your quality of life is significantly reduced. The team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute can address a number medical problems that can cause pain and functional issues. We use a variety of approaches and techniques to treat pain and disfunction, and one of those is acupuncture. Continue reading.
Derived from traditional Chinese medicinal methodologies, acupuncture is an integrated technique in which tiny needles are inserted through the skin at specific points on the body, as stated by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. For chronic low back and neck pain, as well as osteoarthritis, knee pain and ongoing tension headaches and migraines, acupuncture continues to ease pain and significantly reduce the intensity and number of headaches. Continue reading.