If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition and relying on opiate pain killers to manage that pain, our acupuncturist in Milwaukee would like you to know that acupuncture can help alleviate your pain and reduce your reliance on prescription pain medications and anti-inflammatories.
Common Causes of Pain and Side-Effects from Traditional Treatments
Millions of individuals suffer from chronic pain caused by arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions and believe that the only relief available is opiate pain killers, invasive procedures and surgery. Unfortunately, all of those traditional treatments contain moderate to severe side-effects. Opiate pain killers can cause nausea, constipation, drowsiness, headaches and insomnia, and extended, regular use can lead to dependence, addiction and the need for expensive substance abuse treatment.
Arthritis causes widespread joint pain and inflammation and makes it difficult for sufferers to perform their daily tasks. Pain is usually worse in the morning or after prolonged periods of sitting or lying down.
Sciatica is characterized by back and leg pain and numbness and weakness in the legs. Sufferers often have difficulty walking, which severely limits their activity during the day and can lead to disability.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic painful condition that results in widespread body pain and specific tender points along with headaches, depression, exhaustion and trouble sleeping.
Acupuncture can help alleviate the symptoms of these ailments so that you can return to living your life to the fullest.
Acupuncture for Pain Management
More than eight million individuals have sought pain relief with acupuncture, and science has recently backed up the claimed that receiving regular acupuncture treatments does reduce widespread and localized body pain. Acupuncture can significantly reduce the pain associated with tennis and golfers elbow, back and neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis and sciatica. It has also been used to help individuals recover from strokes, reduce asthma flare-ups and to treat addictions.
Acupuncture relieves pain and treats ailments and diseases by balancing the body. The thin needles subtly manipulate the soft tissues, muscles, nerve and hormones to provide pain management. When the acupuncture needle is inserted into the body, the tissues surrounding the needle grip it. When the needle is subtly manipulated, it starts to positively affect the nerves and connective tissues both locally and across the connective tissue’s plane, and these effects have been documented via ultrasounds.
Acupuncture contains very few side-effects. It does not lead to dependence, and it can be used in conjunction with traditional treatments, and has been proven to lower dependence on pain medications and aid in healing various injuries.
Studies have pointed to the fact that acupuncture works by aiding the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural way to reduce pain. It potentially stimulates the immune system, making it more effective against various infections, and it may reduce inflammation and speed recovery times.
To schedule an appointment at our acupuncture clinic, call our Milwaukee office at (262) 827-4000