Acupuncture For Pain Relief
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years. Pain relief is one of the biggest uses for acupuncture. In Chinese medicine we have a saying, “Where there is pain, there is no free flow.” This means, the energy in our body that is normally moving and flowing freely, allowing for freedom of movement is getting stuck, and causing pain. For acute and chronic pain, acupuncture is able to restore this free flow of energy, and quality of life. Depending on how long-standing the pain has been, Acupuncture can bring relief in as few as three treatments, with 10 or more treatments on the farther end of the scale.
In 1998, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment, and found that it relieved a number of issues in an average of 10 treatments. Pain relief is one of those issues, including people with all manner of neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, and knee pain, and other types of post-operative pain from dental procedures, cancer surgery, hip, knee or hernia surgery.
Whether it is from an injury, frozen shoulder, overuse from sports, or too much raking in the yard, people seek acupuncture for relief of neck and shoulder pain. It’s hard when someone can’t turn their head, or lift their arm without pain, or restricted movement. It can be limiting and frustrating, but acupuncture is effective at returning this regular motion, and easing the pain.
Lower back pain is probably the most common pain issue. Sometimes it will just be the lower back, but it can combine with hip, leg, or sciatic type pain. People sometimes can hardly stand straight with each step creating shooting, stabbing pains, and within a few treatments they are beginning to walk normally, and the pain has greatly diminished.
Knee pain is another common pain complaint that can be a separate issue, or can also combine with lower back and/or hip pain. Whether it is aching, clicking, burning, or sharp pains, it can all be relieved by acupuncture.
And even though people often feel post-operative pain is there to stay, that is not always the case. These types of pain can also respond very favorably to acupuncture, restoring normal life for many people. So, all in all, acupuncture can be extremely helpful at pain relief.