How can acupuncture help with pain relieving?
Pain is defined as a discomfort or soreness felt in any part of the body that may range from mild to severe, it can be dull or sharp, and constant or intermittent (pain that comes and goes).
Causes of pain
There are several factors that may cause pain in the body, including physical injury or trauma, chronic conditions (such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or lower back pain), nerve damage, infections, surgery and others. In some cases, the cause of pain may be unknown or difficult to diagnose.
No matter where the pain is located, it can negatively impact quality of life and performance of daily activities. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the cause of pain and the best course of treatment.
The choice of treatment will depend on the cause of the pain and its characteristics. Some of the available methods are:
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Heat or cold therapy
Acupuncture for pain relief: an alternative approach
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine originated in ancient China based on the concept of balancing the flow of energy throughout the body.
The technique involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, called “acupoints”, to alleviate pain and headaches, treat various health conditions, or promote general wellness.
How acupuncture works for pain relief
The theory behind acupuncture is that the flow of energy in the body can be disrupted by several factors, leading to pain and illness.
With the acupuncture technique, practitioners insert four to ten needles and leave them in place for 10 to 30 minutes, which helps to restore the energy balance and alleviate pain.
The precise mechanism by which acupuncture works for pain relief is not yet completely elucidated, but it is believed that this practice releases endorphins and other natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. It may also affect the nervous system and the production of certain hormones such as serotonin, leading to pain relief.
The benefits of acupuncture
Unlike traditional medications, acupuncture is a natural, non-invasive approach with no harmful side effects. It is safe for people of all ages, making it a suitable option for everyone seeking alternative approaches to pain relief.
Besides offering relief from chronic pain and other conditions, it can also help to improve overall health and well-being by reducing stress and anxiety, boosting the immune system and improving sleep.
Acupuncture for pain relief: what to expect
If you are considering acupuncture for pain relief, the first thing to do is to find a qualified and experienced practitioner.
During the session, you will be asked to talk about your symptoms, habits and overall health and after that the acupuncture will take place.
For the acupuncture technique, you are going to lie down or sit in a relaxed position and the professional will insert needles into the designated acupoints. Several points may be used, depending on your condition and the number of symptoms you have.
The professionals usually use four to ten needles that may be left in the acupoint for a few minutes up to around 30 minutes while you relax.
Sessions typically last between 20 minutes to an hour, and the number of sessions required will depend on the severity of your condition and your response to treatment.
In conclusion, acupuncture is a safe, effective and an alternative approach to pain relief that can provide long-lasting benefits for those suffering from chronic pain and other conditions.
If you are interested in exploring this form of treatment, at BCW we have a specialized team to help you. Contact us or book an appointment right now!