In recent studies, a national survey discovered more than 25% of Americans have experienced pain or pain symptoms lasting more than one day within the last year. Chronic pain can take away greatly from the quality of life of the sufferer.
Many people use acupuncture for pain relief. Some patients may choose acupuncture in combination with pain management techniques such as medication, chiropractic, PT or interventional procedures.
Why do individuals seek acupuncture?
Back pain is the most common complaint of people seeking acupuncture to help with symptoms and limited mobility. Acupuncture is also used for joint pain, headache, and neck pain, as well as osteoarthritis and inflammatory disorders as it is a safe and noninvasive treatment.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the most traditional and oldest parts of traditional Chinese medicine. Practitioners of acupuncture use long thin needles to access and stimulate specific areas on the body.
The theory of acupuncture is this needle insertion helps regulate the flow of energy (QI) along the meridians of the body to restore, recover, and rejuvenate. It is estimated over 3 million Americans use acupuncture in the last 12 months according to a National Health interview survey.
What are the forms of acupuncture?
The acupuncture practitioner uses thin needles in the traditional form of acupuncture. Sterile needles are kept in tubes until ready for the visit. The needle is positioned over the selected area, then the acupuncturist lightly taps the end of the needle, using experience to position the needle at a required depth for optimum benefits.
In some instances electric stimulation may be used, or the acupuncturist may gently manipulate the needles by center rotation. The practitioner may use incense to heat up the needle gently to amplify the effects.
How successful is acupuncture for the relief of pain?
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for postoperative dental pain, menstrual cramps, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, and headache. The American Pain Society issued guidelines for clinical practices to recognize acupuncture is one of the several therapies pain specialists should recommend to patients with chronic low back pain, who may not have responded to conventional treatments or medications.
There has been some research using neural imaging techniques to study acupuncture and its effect on biomechanisms in the brain. The research showed acupuncture may be effective in pain relief as it affects the opioid systems that treat pain in the brain.
Acupuncture is very low risk when performed by certified and experienced practitioner. The needles used should be sterile. There are few adverse effects reported with acupuncture, and complications are very rare. Acupuncture is safer than drug treatments and their side effects, ineffective with musculoskeletal conditions and arthritic systematic pain.
How long will treatment last?
The effect of acupuncture will vary from patient to patient depending on individual needs. The severity of the injury and how the patient responds to treatment will impact recovery time, and how often acupuncture will be administered for the best chances of success.
Colorado Pain offers acupuncture treatment with licensed, experienced providers in addition to physical rehabilitation, chiropractic, medication management and interventional procedures.
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