Chronic pain can be both physically and emotionally debilitating. If you are suffering pain from arthritis, a pinched nerve, sciatica, or another condition, you know how difficult life can become. Unfortunately, many prescription medications don’t alleviate your pain, can be addictive, or have unpleasant side effects.
Treating Pain with Acupuncture
Unfortunately, people who suffer from chronic pain may have a structural problem, such as a disc actually pressing on the sensory nerves. In those cases, people may need to see the appropriate physician for more invasive procedures. We can help you to find the proper specialist.
Fortunately, many people with chronic pain do not have any structural problem at all. They may have a problem with their proprioceptive nerves, and the brain is unable to know where to release the body’s natural pain killing chemicals: endrophins, and enkephalins. If the proprioceptive nerve signals are weak, the brain does not properly react, and chronic pain continues.
Acupuncture can stimulate the appropriate proprioceptive pathways, which then signal the brain exactly where to release our natural pain killers. People are often amazed by how quickly they feel pain relief.
Low Back Pain and Sciatica
Low back pain can be caused by a bulging disc, arthritis, or an inflamed sciatic nerve. Nerve pain does not respond well to anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxing drugs, so many people with chronic low back pain begin to slow down, and avoid their usual daily activities, afraid of making things worse.
Studies show that the majority of people with back pain eventually improve without any intervention, as long as they continue to stay active in their usual routines.
Acupuncture is able to stimulate the nervous system to alleviate pain. When a person is pain free, they will get back to living an active life, which leads to a healthy body.
Shoulder pain and dysfunction can make a person unable to do a lot of their daily routine. Treating shoulder pain can be difficult because of the complexity of the shoulder joint. If there is structural damage to the ligaments or the cartilage has worn down, the joint will hurt when it is used. Acupuncture is an excellent way to keep your shoulder pain at a tolerable level, but patients typically need to incorporate physical therapy, or more invasive procedures if the joint has significantly deteriorated. Acupuncture is very successful for patients going through physical therapy, or in post-operative recovery.
Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain
Arthritis and other inflammatory pain can affect many parts of the body. Having chronic pain in several joints is both physically and emotionally exhausting.
With early intervention, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and lifestyle changes, arthritis can be managed so that you can live relatively pain free for a long time.
Acupuncture usually treats pain from arthritis successfully be cause we will treat the body as a whole.
Often people with arthritis in one joint, develop it in other joints due to making compensations in how they walk, or perform every day movements.
Eventually people find themselves living with chronic pain, unable to enjoy the activities that they used to. As a person becomes less active, they are more likely to gain weight or suffer from depression. They may even feel like a burden to friends and family.
Chinese medicine is exceptional at treating this kind of condition. We will address not only your pain, but your emotional distress. We understand your situation, and will help you feel better physically and emotionally so that you can get back to living.