If you’ve ever dealt with chronic pain, then you know how debilitating it can be.
Even after using pain medications, many people find that their chronic pain continues to interfere with their lives. What’s more, medications – including over-the-counter pain medications – can only be used in limited amounts. This can be a huge source of frustration for people who are struggling to find relief from chronic pain.
Fortunately, pain medications aren’t the end of the road. If you’re still looking for a way to alleviate your chronic pain, there’s another option: acupuncture.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that dates back to the year 200 B.C. Simply speaking, acupuncture’s traditional aim is to balance the flow of qi, or life force, to all the organs in the body. This is accomplished by inserting very fine needles into specific points of the body, which are believed to be located along energy meridians.
Does it really work for chronic pain?
Acupuncture is well known for being an effective way to reduce chronic pain… and it’s not just a placebo effect. In fact, scientific studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce pain by an average of 50%. Even better, its effects are long-term. Acupuncture increases the pain threshold by stimulating the nervous system – meaning that it makes chronic pain feel less intense. Not only does acupuncture help with chronic pain, but it’s safer than using pain medication and seems to confer extra health benefits including better immune function.
Want to know more about whether acupuncture could help with your chronic pain symptoms? Contact us to make an appointment today!