Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of Headaches/Migraines, Chronic Pain, Arthritis and Fibromylagia.
Acupuncture is probably most well-known for its ability to treat pain and the many types of pain-related disorders that plague us as humans. Pain signals one of two things: 1) there has been some type of trauma or damage to the structural tissues of the body or 2) there is an internal problem affecting one of our body systems that needs to be addressed. Pain instructs us to take some type of action. Fortunately, many of our pains, physical injuries, accidents, and pain related to illnesses are short lived, temporary and resolve themselves. But, other times, some type of therapy or intervention is required to treat the damage or the problem in order to make it go away. Acupuncture is a therapy that most likely developed out of this aspect of the human condition that requires us to experience pain or suffering at some point in our lives. Pain is a very personal and unique experience for each of us; it is something that we all understand on some level. While we can empathize with another person’s pain and try to objectify it on a scale of how severe it is, it is still very different in how it presents itself and how it affects us as individuals.
Acupuncture looks at pain in the context of the body as a whole, complete, and functioning unit. So, while there are many Western Medicine theories, studies, and research findings about how Acupuncture Treats Pain, these commonly overlook the underlying mechanism by which this is accomplished. The discussion of how acupuncture treats pain is completely intertwined with the topic of How Acupuncture Works in the body at all. For now, let it suffice to say that acupuncture acts as a ‘counter-irritant’ to the body.
WHO & NIH List of Pain related conditions that may be effectively treated by Acupuncture
The use of acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat many types of pain-related conditions. In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.”
Below you will see a list of the conditions mentioned in that report:
- Headache / Migraine
- Neck / Facial / Dental / TMJ pain
- Periarthritis of the shoulder / ‘Frozen’ shoulder / ‘Tennis’ elbow / Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Intercostal neuralgia / Peripheral neuropathies / Shingles pain
- Low-back pain / Sciatica / Knee pain
- Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
- Arthritis / Osteoarthritis /Rheumatoid arthritis / Fibromyalgia
- Work and Sports related injuries / Sprains / Strains/ Tendonitis
- Post-operative pain
Pain Relief Testimonial
I have experienced several other acupuncturists and Steve’s style and methods are highly effective. I find him to be gentle and very much in tune with my comfort. He is always attentive to my needs and makes adjustments to increase effectiveness, when necessary. He is an excellent listener and always takes the time to understand the challenges I face. I look forward to my visits and refer to them as my opportunity to “hit the restart button.” In other words, I feel like all of the tension and escalating pain I’m experiencing are “zeroed out” after a treatment. My body has the opportunity to relax and heal which allows me to continue on this path that has resulted in a significant improvement in my quality of life.
I highly recommend acupuncture as a treatment for conditions similar to mine that cause significant chronic pain. Since receiving acupuncture treatments, in combination with diet and lifestyle adjustments, my life has improved tremendously. I used to take increasing amounts of ibuprofen to manage my pain and now I rarely require even an aspirin. My overall quality of life has increased in ways I never thought possible.’
-Julie, 51, PhD Candidate
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.