Chronic pain is a game-changer for many people. It can take a healthy, active adult who is always on the go and turn them into a huddled mass of pain without the energy to get out of bed. Consistent, chronic pain, often with no real relief, can change everything. Learning to search for alternative therapies has proven successful for many chronic pain sufferers, allowing them to get out of bed and back to life.
Acupuncture Has Provided Pain Relief for Centuries
Acupuncture has been practiced in Eastern medicine for 3,000 years. Chinese, Japanese and Korean practitioners have used acupuncture to relieve pain and illness since ancient times. In Eastern tradition, the energy or life flow that runs through the body is known as chi. Chi moves through pathways in the body known as meridians. When energy gets stuck or bottled up in a particular area, the tiny needles used in acupuncture are thought to relieve the blockage and allow the energy to flow freely again.
Acupuncture began to gain popularity in the United States in the 1970s. Most Western doctors find that the strategic insertion of the tiny needles stimulates the hypothalamus and the pancreas, and releases hormones and neurotransmitters and increases immune function.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is typically pain-free, which may be surprising because needles are used in practice. The needles are tiny, with round tips. They are placed in specific places, according to the problems experienced and the meridian lines involved. Most of the time, between 4 and 10 needles are inserted and left in place for 10-30 minutes. During that time, the practitioner may roll the needles slightly to achieve more exact placement. A full course of treatment can include 6-12 sessions.
What Problems Can Acupuncture Treat?
People use acupuncture to treat various conditions, from pain issues to digestive problems and more. Some of the common conditions people treat with acupuncture include:
- Pain including neck pain, lower back and chronic back pain, hip pain, headaches, migraines, muscle pain and spasms, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, and more.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- Respiratory Disorders
- Circulatory Problems
Caliber Pain offers acupuncture treatments for a variety of situations. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out if acupuncture is right for you.