Chronic Pain Management Treatment
Chronic pain can take a huge toll on a person, physically as well as mentally and emotionally. Some common conditions that cause chronic pain are migraines, back pain, sinus pain, arthritis, rheumatism, and other kinds of nerve damage. One way of managing such pain is by acupuncture. Acupuncture involves inserting needles at various depths on specific parts of the body in order to produce certain effects or stimulations. Recent studies on the practice have shown that it is effective in providing treatment for chronic pain and alleviating nausea caused by a range of health problems, notably osteoarthritis, migraines, back and neck pain, and shoulder pain. Moreover, people suffering from sickness and vomiting caused by chemotherapy have also found it to be a successful way to manage their discomfort. Acupuncture is gaining a lot of popularity in treating chronic muscle and joint pains, providing much needed relief where standard pain medication and physical therapy seem to not suffice.
How does acupuncture work?
In traditional Chinese medicine theory, inserting thin needles in specific points corrects imbalances in the body’s ‘qi’, which is the flow of energy in the body. As explained in Western scientific terms, the needles are placed such that they have an effect on neurotransmitters, the immune system and hormone levels, which then affect they body’s sensation of pain. Before any treatment, an acupuncturist will review a patient’s medical history and examine the body as well. Based on observations made, a treatment plan is devised and recommended. The duration and number of treatments will vary from person to person, depending on the illness and severity of pain. Treatment should be provided by a trained acupuncturist and certified practitioner. A referral list can be provided by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Benefits of acupuncture and where to get your treatment
Prescribed pain medication or other forms of pain relieving substances come with the danger of possibly causing addictions or leading to accidental deaths from overdose. Acupuncture offers a safer alternative – a drug-free treatment for chronic pain management. It also provides relief from stress and anxiety caused by the persistent pain. Many patients have reported feeling very relaxed after an acupuncture session. Additionally, acupuncture has also been seen to have positive effects on reducing symptoms of insomnia without any side effects, unlike with sleep medication.
There are strict methods to acupuncture, and so it needs to be performed only by trained experts. Acupuncture of Columbus is a private practice that has been operating since 2006. Steve Drugan, L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist), runs the center, specializing in treating functional and hormonal disorders. With many years of experience under their belt, Steve and his team provide treatments that aim to identify and treat the underlying causes of illnesses and not just the management of symptomatic pain. The clinic, at 4499 Indianola Ave. in Columbus, Ohio, 43214, successfully treats patients suffering from a wide range of ailments, such as chemotherapy side-effects, post-injury pain, arthritis, scoliosis, anxiety, depression, IBS, migraines, menopause, fertility and pregnancy.
For more information about how acupuncture and other treatments can help you, please contact Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist, Steve Drugan,B.S., L.Ac., at 614.218.6287 or click here. Taking new patients in and around Columbus, Ohio.