You wish you could wake each morning, jump out of bed, and face the day with energy and enthusiasm. Instead, you’re met with chronic pain that’s casting a dark shadow over your life. You aren’t alone — one in five adults in the United States struggles with chronic pain
Rather than resorting to risky surgery, which may cause even more pain, or medications that can wreak havoc on your life, why not explore the pain-relieving power of acupuncture?
Here at Family Wellness Acupuncture, our team of certified acupuncturists helps scores of patients to successfully manage their pain through acupuncture.
Here’s how this ancient healing technique works to help get rid of pain.
Promoting wellness and relieving pain
Acupuncture is an ancient technique that helps the human body to function better using its own resources. The theory behind acupuncture is that our bodies rely on a certain flow of energy, or qi, that’s essential for health and wellness.
To promote a better flow of qi, we access and stimulate certain acupressure points with very fine needles.
When it comes to pain, we place needles in specific acupressure points to encourage your body to release more endorphins, which are your body’s natural painkillers. In addition to endorphins, acupuncture can also help better regulate serotonin levels in your brain, which help with mood regulation.
While activating certain chemicals in your brain is one way in which acupuncture fights pain, the practice can also relieve muscle tension and stress by reducing the amount of cortisol hormones in your system. This is an important part of pain management as the stress response that cortisol hormones create can exacerbate pain.
In other words, through acupuncture, we create a better balance of chemicals in your system that helps to relieve pain.
Does acupuncture work?
Although there are millennia of evidence that confirm that acupuncture works well in managing pain, Western medicine demands studies. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of trials and studies that demonstrate the efficacy of acupuncture for pain management.
For example, one study found that acupuncture garnered clinically significant results in relieving pain for the following conditions:
- Chronic low back pain
- Tension headaches
- Myofascial pain
Another study reports that, “Acupuncture has been demonstrated to enhance endogenous opiates, such as dynorphin, endorphin, encephalin, and release corticosteroids, relieving pain and enhancing the healing process.”
The conclusion in the last study is an important one — acupuncture not only relieves pain, it helps with the healing process so that the underlying source of the pain is also treated for longer-term pain relief.
The bottom line is that you have everything to gain in trying acupuncture for managing your pain. To get started, please contact our Irvine, California, office to schedule your appointments today.