Pain is caused by the brain recognizing something is not quite right, and that immediate attention should be paid to this problem. Acupuncture is an alternative medicine procedure where a patient has filiform needles inserted into certain points on their body for management of pain or other therapeutic purposes.
People use acupuncture for various types of pain. Back pain is the most commonly reported use, followed by joint pain, neck pain, and headache, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, and tennis elbow etc.
Acupuncture is a complimentary therapy that is being increasingly used in the day-to-day management of pain. It works by utilizing a system of meridians that correlate to the systems of nerves and blood vessels in the body. By knowing where these meridians flow, an acupuncturist can activate the circulation of blood and regulate the nervous system, which will in turn reduce pain.
Acupuncture can balance and energize the body so that the circulation is consistent and efficient. If the muscles have proper blood supply, then they are less likely to become sore or tight. If the nervous system is balanced and not overly excited by stress, then the blood vessels will not constrict and will not cause headaches. If the body’s digestion is efficient, then the nutrients that control the contraction of muscles will be better assimilated, and more available to the muscles, which will prevent spasms and twitching.
Acupuncture pain management is a safe, drug-free method to help relieve or eliminate pain in the body. Practitioners of acupuncture believe that the body has great capacity to heal itself, and placing needles at certain points can stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This helps the body to reduce pain and inflammation, increase circulation, enhance the immune system, and promote physical and emotional well being.