Acupuncture Pain Relief

Whether it’s neck pain or knee pain, we all suffer from some sort of pain at one time or another. The goal is to find relief as soon as possible that goes directly to the site of the pain. Traditional medicines have long been prescribed for all sorts of pain, but alternative medicine may hold some keys to pain relief on a different level. Consider acupuncture for pain relief.

What is Pain Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a type of ancient Chinese medicine practiced for thousands of years. It follows this line of thought: The body is made up of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”). This energy continuously flows throughout the body, following certain invisible lines called meridians, just like on a map or a globe.

There are twelve meridians in the body. Each meridian corresponds to different organs. When the flow of qi is free, the body obtains a balance which is associated with good health. In the event that the qi is blocked in some way, then things begin to go wrong, such as chronic pain. The goal of acupuncture for pain relief is to restore these meridians and release blocked qi so that the body can return to a state of equilibrium.

How does Acupuncture Work?

Many people shy away from alternative pain relief because they don’t understand just how it is supposed to work. Today we will demystify acupuncture so that you will have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your pain care.

In the late 90s, the FDA actually reclassified acupuncture from “experimental” to “medical.” In this way, all devices and procedures used for pain acupuncture are now regulated by them. This is a plus for those who once considered this procedure a “voodoo” process.

In an acupuncture pain clinic, a trained practitioner uses metal needles. Each needle is sterilized before use and only used once. These needles don’t resemble the needles that you are used to seeing when you get an injection at the doctor’s office. They are very thin, like a single strand of hair.

Acupuncture needles are inserted at one of over 100 sites on the body along these meridians. The site of insertion depends on where your pain is focused. There may be some discomfort, like a small prick, when the needles are inserted, but after that, there is nothing. People who use acupuncture say that they feel no pain at all really. It’s not uncommon for a patient to fall asleep during the procedure.

Finding the Right Pain Acupuncture Practitioner

Acupuncture doesn’t come in an “at home” kit. Only trained individuals can safely administer the needles to the exact spot where they are needed.

There are governing bodies of acupuncture medicine: American Association of Medical Acupuncture, National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance or the American Board of Medical Acupuncture Organizations to name a few. Medical doctors can practice acupuncture if they have received the proper number of training hours in the procedure. Look for credentials from state boards signifying this fact for anyone who chooses to operate an acupuncture pain clinic.

Are you experiencing pain and want nothing but relief? Pain Acupuncture may be a viable option for you.