Pain Relief Treatment
For any centuries now, the ancient practice of acupuncture prevails in Asian countries to relieve pain and treat many other conditions. It has become so popular now that it is now being increasingly used in both the United States as well as other countries in the west to treat conditions ranging from menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, headaches, nerve pain like painful rashes and shingles to low back pain.
The technique of acupuncture
Traditional acupuncture procedure that originated in China uses extremely fine and thin needles that are inserted into specific “acupoints” of the skin. The technique may be able to relieve your pain as the body releases endorphins. It is the pain-killing chemical that is produced by your body. Many claim that the procedure affects part of one’s brain, which controls serotonin. The latter is a brain chemical related to mood,
The Chinese acupuncture involves the twirling or turning the needles slightly. An acupuncturist may use electrical stimulation or apply heat so that the effects are enhanced. The acupuncturist can also use a technique called moxibustion wherein a therapeutic herb is burnt near a patient’s skin.
On the other hand the acupuncture form that is used in Japan involves insertion of shallower needles as compared to Chinese acupuncture. Moreover, the needles are not manipulated usually. Meanwhile, Korean acupuncture concentrates on applying the needles to specific points in feet and hands only.
Studies have been extensively conducted on the effectiveness of the technique, particularly for back and neck pain, headache, knee pain and osteoarthritis. But despite that, researchers have now started to apprehend how acupuncture can be useful in different health conditions.
Safe treatment technique
When a well-trained and experienced practitioner uses sterile needles to perform the process, acupuncture is regarded as safe. The results derived from various studies indicate that acupuncture can alleviate chronic pain types like knee/osteoarthritis pain, neck pain, and low back pain. The technique may also lower the frequency of certain types of headaches and also helps to prevent headaches caused due to migraines.
Thus, the procedure seems to be a reasonable choice to consider for those people who are suffering from chronic pain. But the effects of acupuncture on a human body and brain and ways of measuring them are just being understood now.
In case, you are planning to try out acupuncture, take the help of an experienced professional. This is because if acupuncture is not delivered in a proper manner, there can be severe died effects like injury to nervous system and infections.
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.