Acupuncture for Pain Management
Chronic muscle and joint pain can make life miserable. Fortunately, Evolve Healthcare has borrowed an ancient Chinese pain relief technique known as acupuncture to help ease the pain alongside standard treatments such as physical therapy, ice and cold, and anti-inflammatory medications.
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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an art form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that has been in practice for thousands of years in Asia, but is only a few decades old as a component of Western medicine.
The procedure involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into your skin at specific points on your body, in order to invigorate them and release or redirect qi. Qi refers to the body’s natural flow of energy, which if blocked or imbalanced, is believed to cause pain and illness. Acupuncture is a virtually painless procedure that aims at correcting imbalances in the flow of this life force, and in the process, ease pain.
There are different theories to how exactly acupuncture brings about pain relief. The Harvard Men’s Health Watch claims that it affects the immune system, hormone levels, or neurotransmitters. Other scientists claim that it stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural chemicals responsible for pain relief, in addition to affecting the part of the brain that controls serotonin production - a chemical for mood control.
A Safe Practice
Although acupuncture involves piercing your skin with hair-thin needles, it is considered non-invasive, safe, gentle, and painless if done by a skilled acupuncturist. During the treatment, the practitioner will insert 4 to 10 needles and leave them in place for between 10 and 30 minutes as you rest. This will be repeated weekly for 6 to 12 sessions.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) claims that acupuncture can be successfully used to manage chronic pain such as headaches, including tension headaches and migraines, back and neck pain, and knee pain for patients with osteoarthritis.
When to see an Acupuncturist
When you have new pain, it is recommended that you first consult our physicians at Evolve Healthcare in Woodland Hills for a clear diagnosis of the cause of the pain. The pain could be a symptom of a serious medical condition that needs immediate attention. Only after diagnosis can our physicians recommend acupuncture if appropriate.
If acupuncture is right for you, we may recommend weekly treatments until you begin to see the results, and then gradually increase the interval for your treatment sessions.