Acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine for pain management and healing for over 3,000 years. At Vitality Health & Wellness, we help patients find gentle, safe treatment for pain though acupuncture, which has minimal side effects. With acupuncture, you can avoid the risks associated with prescription opiate painkillers and invasive surgical techniques.
Safe Pain Relief with Acupuncture
According to traditional Chinese medical beliefs, acupuncture works for pain relief and healing by affecting the flow of chi, or life force, which moves throughout the body. When the flow of chi is uninterrupted, you enjoy health and wellness. When the flow of chi becomes blocked, dysfunction or illness occurs. Acupuncture seeks to remove blockages by stimulating acupuncture points with the use of fine needles inserted into the skin.
Researchers believe that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins and other hormones, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds that combat pain and illness. Acupuncture may also affect the action of certain brain receptors, to boost immunity. It does this by stimulating nerve bundles just below the skin.
Acupuncture is safe, with very few side effects. Qualified acupuncturists receive thousands of hours of extensive training in their field. Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of complaints, including headache, knee pain, low back pain, neck pain and sciatica.
Acupuncture has no side effects, which cannot be said for prescription opiates, Western medicine’s preferrred pain management technique. Prescription opiates act on the same brain receptor as heroin to block out pain sensations, and they can be just as addictive as heroin and just as deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 75 Americans die from prescription opiate overdoses every day. Less serious side effects include dizziness, sedation, physical dependence, nausea, vomiting, constipation and respiratory depression. With prolonged use, many people who rely on prescription opiates to control pain develop a tolerance to the drugs, meaning they need to use more to get the same effect.
How can acupuncture help you find relief from pain?