Acupuncture Pain Management

Many people live with pain. Living with chronic pain can exist on many levels. We can often get used to anything, but pain is better off gone than hanging around. How do you manage your pain and is acupuncture a part of that pain management regimen?

What is pain management?

One of eight treatment rooms at the Pain Acupuncture Clinic.

We all have aches and pains from time to time. Pain management is about managing chronic pain situations. Let’s say that you injured your back or your neck at one time. To return to optimal health requires some sort of pain management program to help you continually improve movement and lessen any pain that you feel.

Pain management involves many sources. One is physical therapy. When we feel pain in a body part, we adjust how we use that body part. Physical therapy teaches you how to work through that pain to return to full range of motion.

Pain management also involves drugs in some cases. Painkillers, cortisone injections and pain patches can be utilized at the site of pain to bring relief. All of these choices work but have a half life in the body. Continued pain management requires continuing to administer the medicines over time.

If you’ve ever read the inserts that come with medication, then you know that there are side effects. Pain medication that contains opioids (narcotics) can become addictive the longer they are taken. Injections can be painful and are re-administered every few months if pain persists.

What about acupuncture pain management?

Acupuncture pain management has and still is being studied in clinical trials. It is speculated that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. Others speculate that acupuncture increases circulation in the body, speeding healing at the site of pain.

Another speculation is that acupuncture has something to do with the electrical currents in the body. Tests have shown that electrical activity in the body is greatly increased after an acupuncture treatment.

Regardless of the mechanism, the effects are seen in patients every day. They notice a reduction in their pain from the first treatment. Where they once had trouble standing, walking or moving certain areas of their body, they now have greater range of movement without increased pain.

Acupuncture pain management, just like any other acupuncture treatment, requires more than one session. Your acupuncture practitioner at the pain acupuncture clinic will recommend a treatment schedule based on your level of pain and the type of pain you are experiencing.

One marked difference between acupuncture for pain management and other more traditional methods is the lack of side effects. Acupuncture has been considered a medical treatment by the FDA for the last twelve years. Any side effects that do exist are related to injection site reactions, which are no more than you would experience with a hypodermic needle.

There are no drugs involved. The needles are placed through the skin along meridian lines that lie under the skin and conduct the body’s energy. Placement of the needles is important to unlock what is causing the flow of qi (body’s energy) to be impeded in the first place.

Acupuncture is safe to use for your pain management regimen. Side effects are minimal and no drugs are involved.