Can Acupuncture treatment relieve Chronic pain?

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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique for alleviating chronic pain by improving energy flow through the body, the fact that acupuncture is still in practice even after it’s origin thousands of years back makes it a worth trying practice for chronic pain. Acupuncture works by inserting very thin needles at various points (Acu points) in the body, there are hundreds of “acu points” through the body and by inserting needles the blocked energy flows freely and body’s natural defense (immune system) works to relieve pain and inflammation.

Chronic pain in the joints is a major problem for many suffering from Arthritis, medication seems like a temporary treatment for pain, not just arthritis patients, but people with migraines and frequent headaches can also benefit from acupuncture treatment. Western medicine does acknowledge the treatment and it seems to believe that nerves and muscles can be stimulated at specific points in the body. Acupuncture can only be conducted by an acupuncturist and the session can last about 30 minutes.

The medical condition of the patient is assessed before starting the treatment. Therefore, it is a well carried out process that can only be done by a professional. The practice is generally painless, if performed the right way the procedure is really safe. Acupuncture is now widely used in the US for treating back pain, low back pain, joint pain and sciatica. The side effects are definitely very low as compared to treating pain with medication, because all medicines have side-effects. Overall, various studies show that acupuncture can relieve pain to about 50%.

Therefore, it is worth considering acupuncture treatment for treating joint pain, back pain and pain associated with arthritis, especially if treatment with medication is not producing satisfactory results. Acupuncture helps in relieving pain by effecting neurotransmitters, hormone levels and the body’s immune system. Good results can be seen after 2-3 months of weekly sessions of acupuncture. Movement is the key in treating arthritis pain, stretching exercises like yoga really work. Young and old both can benefit from acupuncture treatment.