Chronic Pain – Part Two – Acupuncture

Posted by Christina Pistotnik

Those of you who suffer from chronic pain know that it can be very debilitating. It takes its toll on daily activities. When chronic pain sufferers are unable to go to work or enjoy the things in life that they once were able to do with no problems, it can have physical, emotional, and social repercussions. Fortunately acupuncture can help by providing a drug free alternative that can have lasting results.

A lot of people ask: “How can sticking needles into my body stop the pain that I am experiencing?” As technology and science have advanced we can now confidently answer this question.

Acupuncture has been proven to trigger nerve reactions by blocking the area of the brain that perceives pain and stimulates the release of the body’s own natural pain killing hormones (endorphins and enkaphalins). Therefore, the body can properly heal and you can now do the things you had to limit while suffering from chronic pain.

Another question I am frequently asked is: “How many acupuncture treatments will I need in order to feel better?” This is a tougher question to give an answer to, because of the fact that everyone’s body and circumstance is different. However, results can be seen anywhere from 3-10 treatments with higher success rates with treatments closer together. In some cases, results may take longer then the estimated treatment number.

However, you must remember that the pain did not happen overnight, it occurred and compacted over along period of time and will take consistent treatments to promote proper healing. It is also suggested that once the pain is manageable it is necessary to have tune-up treatments once a month, so that the benefits of the original treatment can be maintained.

Now, I know most of you have tried almost everything to relieve your pain and suffering to no avail constantly popping pills and still not getting the relief you need.

I’m not saying this method doesn’t work but if you are still suffering from pain, I guess my only question to you would be: why not give acupuncture a try? The only thing you have to lose is that pain you have been suffering with for way too long.

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