This past year has been difficult in many ways as a health care crisis holds us hostage. As a result, many of us have put off other medical concerns, including finding solutions for chronic pain. As we enter a new year, it’s time to take charge of your life and relieve your pain, once and for all, which is where acupuncture can help.
At Family Wellness Acupuncture, our team of certified acupuncturists is on call to help patients navigate a wide range of health issues, including those that lead to both acute and chronic pain. Through acupuncture, we’re helping scores of people better manage their pain, allowing them to lead happy, productive lives.
If you want to make this the year you finally gain control over your chronic pain, explore how acupuncture can play an incredibly valuable role in this effort.
Common causes of chronic pain
Americans are no strangers to pain as one in five adults struggles with chronic pain, and more than 7% of this number report high-impact pain that prevents them from living life to the fullest.
There are any number of conditions that can cause chronic pain, but a few are more common than others, including:
Again, this list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the many conditions that can lead to ongoing and debilitating pain.
Acupuncture — a more collaborative approach to healing
One of the biggest differences between acupuncture and Western medicine is that they approach healing from two different angles. More specifically, acupuncture recognizes the incredible power of the human body to heal itself, while Western medicine tends to take an interventional approach, which means working around your body.
With acupuncture, we work along an established network of meridians in your body that control the flow of your energy. We recognize that “energy” may sound a little vague to Western ears, so let’s take a closer look.
When we target points along your body, our goal is to stimulate certain processes, such as the production of endorphins. This is important for those who suffer from chronic pain as endorphins are your body’s natural painkillers. In addition to stimulating endorphin production, acupuncture helps unblock the flow of natural healing resources and better regulates nerve impulses.
In fact, the National Institutes of Health reviewed studies on the effects of acupuncture on pain and said, “Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.”
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t suffer from chronic pain any longer than is necessary. If you want to make this the year you take charge of your life, contact our office in Irvine, California, to schedule your pain-relieving acupuncture with us.