How Acupuncture Addresses Pain

e6e76882b047663a4da0d605fcc0994cd832bb7e_acupunctureIt’s here, you’re appointment. It came a lot faster than you had hoped. The idea of tiny needles sticking out of your back is making you feel anxious, but the pain you’re dealing with is enough to motivate you to go through with it. You can’t delay any longer. It’s time to get an acupuncture treatment.
You lay on the bed, and it’s actually a lot more comfortable than you thought. Your doctor is friendly, and reassuring. You’re preparing for the worst, but then it happens and it’s not so bad! First one needle, then another, and you’re actually feeling relaxed.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine. It is the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin of the body involving various methods such as the penetration by thin needles or the application of heat or pressure.
Traditional acupuncture involves needle insertion, moxibustion, and/or cupping therapy. In Chinese medicine it is believed that stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.
Acupuncture is used by alternative medical practitioners to address a wide range of conditions, but most often to provide pain relief. It is rarely used alone, but most commonly used as a complimentary treatment.

Benefits
Acupuncture studies conducted in 2012 showed that the therapy had a positive effect on migraine and tension headaches. Similar studies showed that acupuncture provided positive results for those suffering from chronic non-specific low back pain.

What to Expect
The patient’s skin is sterilized with alcohol, and thin needles are inserted into key pressure points. Skilled practitioners are able to insert needles without causing pain. Patients are able to return to activities post treatment.

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References
Adams, D; Cheng, F; Jou, H; Aung, S; Yasui, Y; Vohra, S (Dec 2011). “The safety of pediatric acupuncture: a systematic review.”.Pediatrics 128 (6): e1575–87. doi:10.1542/peds.2011-1091.PMID 22106073
Berman, Brian; Langevin, Helene; Witt, Claudia; Dubner, Ronald (July 29, 2010). “Acupuncture for Low Back Pain”. New England Journal of Medicine 363 (5): 454–61.doi:10.1056/NEJMct0806114. PMID 20818865
Lee, Courtney; Crawford, Cindy; Wallerstedt, Dawn; York, Alexandra; Duncan, Alaine et al. (2012). “The effectiveness of acupuncture research across components of the trauma spectrum response (tsr): A systematic review of reviews”. Systematic Reviews 1: 46. doi:10.1186/2046-4053-1-46

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