Can Acupuncture Help with Chronic Pain?
Updated: May 31
If you are experiencing chronic pain, it can make even the most basic tasks immensely difficult, such as bending over, or reaching for something off the top shelf. While there are conventional treatments available for pain, such as medications and surgery, they do come along with many potential side effects and risks. However, there are other more holistic treatments, such as acupuncture therapy, that work to effectively treat your chronic conditions right at the source of your pain.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an age-old medicinal practice involving the use of tiny, thin needles, which are placed at specific points of tension, pain, and stress all over the body. More than 3 million Americans use acupuncture as a form of safe and natural therapy, and it is also a popular and effective treatment used worldwide to treat chronic pain, as well as other chronic conditions.
Acupuncture is an excellent and effective method of treatment for all kinds of health conditions and chronic pain, including:
- Low back pain
- Knee pain
- Arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Neck pain
- Joint pain
- Migraine headaches
- Sprains and strains
- Digestive and immunity issues
- And more
According to the NIH, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, numerous scientific studies have shown that acupuncture therapy works to effectively treat chronic pain, and can reduce the severity and frequency of it for quality relief.
How Does It Work?
The acupuncture process, despite the use of needles, is minimally invasive, with little to no discomfort or pain. The needles are incredibly thin, and are designed to pinpoint very specific areas of the body to stimulate relief and healing.
One acupuncture session will typically last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, and is a very relaxing and painless process. It will begin with a conversation between you and the acupuncturist about your symptoms, chronic pain, and health history, followed by relaxing on your back and the insertion of the tiny needles. Many acupuncturists dim the lights and play soft, relaxing music, as the body heals and tension and pain are released. After the acupuncture therapy, you and the acupuncturist will discuss your treatment plan and recommended practices for your overall health and wellness.
What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture Therapy?
Acupuncture therapy has been researched and practiced for over 2,500 years, going back as far as ancient medicine practices, and for good reason. Some of the benefits of acupuncture therapy can include:
- Better sleep
- Improved mood
- Improved digestion and bowel movements
- Reduced pain
- Increased energy levels
- Greater awareness and mental clarity
- Reduced allergy and sinus issues
- Reduced stress
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Reduced morning sickness and menstrual cramps
Contrary to other conventional treatment methods, such as surgery, which requires lengthy recovery time, or prescription drugs, which only temporarily cover up the symptoms of your chronic pain, acupuncture needles are directly inserted into specific areas of the body to relieve pain right at the source. This provides pain relief that lasts without the risk of adverse side effects or recovery time post-treatment.
Find Out More
To find out more about the acupuncture therapy process and how it can help directly address and treat chronic pain for lasting relief, give Lotus Acupuncture a call at our clinic today. Our acupuncturists are ready to help get you out of pain with natural and holistic methods of treatment.