Acupuncture For Pain Relief
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin, disposable, sterile needles (short, microfibers of surgical steel) just below the top surface of the patient’s skin at strategic points on the body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. At Back in Action Wellness Center acupuncture is used in an integrated approach to healing to improve recovery rates and relieve pain by unblocking the energy fields in the body.
Acupuncture reconnects the body’s bio energy that might be compromised due to physical injury or stresses and mental or environmental stresses. Acupuncture is believed to open the gates of information flow of the nervous system that have become blocked due to injury or repetitive motion stresses or other factors. It increases circulation in the area where the needles are applied and increases the body’s natural pain killer substances called endorphins.
People with tension headaches and/or migraines may find acupuncture to be very effective in alleviating their symptoms, according to a study carried out at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Another study at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center found that twice weekly acupuncture treatments relieved debilitating symptoms of severe dry mouth among patients treated with radiation for head and neck cancer.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy believed to flow through twelve pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture aims to heal the body’s energy flow as it is re-connected and re-balanced. Many Western practitioners view the key acupuncture points on the twelve meridians in the body as optimal places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of the body's natural painkillers and increase blood flow.
Acupuncture is used for symptomatic relief of a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
- Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting
- Dental Pain
- Labor Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Menstrual Cramps
- Muscle Tension
- Tennis Elbow
- Lower Back Injuries