Acupuncture to Deal with PainMillions of people live with chronic pain.  Chronic pain can be due to wear and tear on the muscles and joints.  It can also be due to an acute injury that doesn’t heal right, leading to chronic pain.

There are many treatments for chronic pain.  Chronic pain is unique and is different from acute pain.  There is a stronger mind-body connection between chronic pain when compared to acute pain.  They need to be treated differently using different techniques to handle the pain.

Ways to Deal with Pain

Pain can be treated in several different ways.  There are medications for pain that decrease inflammation, such as ibuprofen (marketed as Advil and Motrin) and naproxen sodium (marketed as Aleve and Naprosyn). They tend to work better on acute pain; people with chronic pain need a type of therapeutic treatment that addresses the mind and body connection so typical of this type of pain.

This is where acupuncture comes in.  Acupuncture is an ancient form of alternative therapy that is especially good for the treatment of chronic pain, although it can be used on a variety of conditions, including acute pain, digestive problems, and depression.

Acupuncture involves the idea that there are meridians (highways) in the body where an energy flow called qi travels.  Chronic pain and other conditions are the result of blockages in the flow of qi energy in these meridians. When the flow of qi is restored to normal levels, the pain is relieved.  There are different meridians and different acupuncture points that relate directly to areas of the body that might be suffering from excess pain or other disability.

Seeing an Acupuncturist

If you choose to see an acupuncturist for the treatment of your pain, you need to know what to expect.  Make sure you seek the advice and treatment from a qualified acupuncturist that has had hundreds of hours of experience in treating patients using acupuncture.

Your acupuncturist will ask you many questions about your pain. They will ask where the pain is located as well as the type of pain you are experiencing.

They may ask you which things make the pain worse and which things make the pain better.  In doing so, they are deciding what kind of pain you have and where to best put the acupuncture needles to better alleviate your pain.

The acupuncturist will then select the sites on the body that will best alleviate your pain.  It may not be in the exact area that your pain is located because it all depends on where the qi energy is blocked, which can be far from the sites of your actual pain.  Don’t be alarmed as this is part of the practice.

Then the acupuncturist will use slim needles and will insert one or more (usually more) needles just beneath the skin at acupuncture points.  The needles are sterile and are not reused. Sometimes the needles are just left inside the body and at other times, the needles will have a small electric current applied to them or will be “twirled” in order to get the flow of qi energy going.

You may get better after just one treatment but usually several trips to the acupuncturist are necessary to unblock the flow of qi energy enough so that the pain does not reoccur.  Trust that the acupuncturist will help you determine exactly how many treatments you need and where the needles are positioned.

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