Chronic or Acute Pain
Acupuncture is known above all else for it’s ability to manage your pain and promote healing of your musculoskeletal injuries. Whether you’re suffering from chronic back pain that has been troubling you for twenty years or a sprained ankle that you injured over the weekend acupuncture can be an effective solution.
Here is how our acupuncture treatments can relieve your chronic or acute pain:
- Acupuncture increases your blood flow – Everything that your body needs to heal (oxygen, natural pain killers, anti-inflammatories, hormones) is contained within your blood. If the flow of blood is impeded your body may not be able to fully access the areas where they are needed. In Chinese medicine, we consider lack of circulation to be one of the main causes of disease due to it’s major impact on the body’s ability to communicate. Acupuncture has been shown in research to increase blood flow and the dilation of capillaries, blood vessels and arteries throughout your body.
- Acupuncture stimulates your body’s built in healing mechanisms – When an acupuncture needle is inserted into a painful or tight area of your body, we are essentially re-injuring the tissue. The healing mechanisms of your body are called in to heal the new injury and during the process clean up some of the old injury as well.
- Acupuncture reduces both the intensity and perception of your chronic pain – Acupuncture actually impacts areas of your brain which result in a reduction of your perception of pain. In fact, a recent study using functional MRI imaging showed that acupuncture had a dampening effect on not only your perception of pain but your expectation of it as well.
- Acupuncture relaxes your shortened muscles – The stimulation from the needle causes muscles to relax and lengthen thereby taking pressure off of your joints and relaxing muscle spasms.
- Acupuncture releases natural painkillers – Research has shown that the release of substances such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin is stimulated through acupuncture treatment. Some of these biochemicals are 10 – 200 times as powerful as morphine.