Acupuncture is used world-wide for pain and pain is the number one reason people seek acupuncture treatment, most likely because acupuncture for pain is so widely researched. Many types of pain syndromes are effectively treated using acupuncture including:
Joint pain including arthritis
Neuropathic pain including peripheral neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia and post herpetic neuralgia
Chronic pain syndromes including CRPS and myofascial pain
There are several theories on how acupuncture works to relieve pain. It may trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers or influence the release and balance of various neurotransmitters, thereby reducing the perception of pain and creating a sense of well-being.
There are anti-inflammatory effects from acupuncture which reduce the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body. This is helpful when treating inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
Acupuncture for pain is considered very safe with no side effects. Before starting treatment, it is important to make sure the acupuncturist you consult is licensed, board certified, qualified and trained to treat your pain condition.
People seek acupuncture for pain relief for varied reasons. Sometimes they are allergic to pain medication, are looking for a non pharmalogic option or their medication stops working. Others have tried different modalities that do not work to relieve their pain such as physical therapy, massage, epidurals or cortisone injections. Many use acupuncture in conjunction with other pain management strategies for a more comprehensive approach.
The acupuncturist performs a full evaluation including taking a complete history, reviewing medical records, labs and imaging for previous medical practitioners, assessing current state of health, symptoms, lifestyle, diet, sleep patterns and emotional health to create a treatment plan based on findings and diagnosis. Treatment goals and frequency of visits are discussed before the acupuncture is performed. Certain adjunctive modalities may be performed or recommended based on the individual’s needs and response to treatment. The acupuncturist and the patient partner together to find the best possible solutions to manage or eliminate pain.
If you’re seeking a safe, drug-free solution for managing pain, you can rely on Woodland Hills Acupuncture Wellness Center. Explore this ancient practice backed by modern research to alleviate many painful conditions. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you tackle your problem!