Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the relief of both chronic and acute pain. Conditions ranging from sports injuries to rheumatoid arthritis can be alleviated using acupuncture, eliminating the side effects, invasive procedures, and lengthy recovery associated with traditional medical treatments.
Acupuncture for Sports Injuries
Acupuncture can be used to treat muscle pain and damage to the tendons and ligaments. These injuries often arise during sports or exercise, but can occur even in people who are not active.
Acupuncture serves to:
- Reduce bruising, swelling, and inflammation
- Increase range of motion
- Increase blood supply to the area, hastening recovery
- Reduce pain
In contrast, traditional medicine uses a combination of painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, injections, physical therapy, and even surgery to treat sports injuries; recovery is also slower than with acupuncture.
Acupuncture for Arthritis
While often viewed as a side-effect of aging, it can occur as easily from a sports injury and sometimes no cause is clear. While some forms of arthritis are chronic and degenerative (such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), it may also be acute.
In the traditional medical model, a variety of treatments are administered based on the type of arthritis:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Steroid injections at the joint to reduce inflammation
- Long-term use of pain medication, either over the counter or prescription
- Physical therapy, which seeks to reduce pain by improving muscle strength and flexibility
As with other conditions, patients often end up being shunted from one approach to another; treatment starts with the least intensive option and escalates from there. This leads patients to be treated with many drugs before finding a solution, which may take the form of long-term medication use. All medications can and often do cause side effects, ranging from mild to severe.
Acupuncture can be used to treat all forms of arthritis, as numerous studies have shown. This reduces or even eliminates the need for traditional medical treatments. Acupuncture not only has fewer side effects - it also alleviates pain more quickly and over a longer period of time.
Acupuncture for Headaches
About 15% of Americans experience migraines or other severe headaches, such as cluster headaches. Many more people experience milder headaches such as tension headaches and sinus headaches. Headaches of all types are normally treated with drugs, ranging from over-the-counter painkillers applied as needed (for tension headaches), to daily preventative medication (for migraines). Prescription medications are known to have particularly strong side effects.
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of migraines, cluster headaches, and more.
Acupuncture as Holistic Medicine
While it is effective on its own, acupuncture can also be used in conjunction with other holistic treatments, such as herbal supplements, vitamins, massage, and chiropractic. Depending on the condition, several treatments combined may be more effective than acupuncture alone.
Chronic pain is associated with numerous other health problems: depression, reduced immune response, and insomnia are all common symptoms of pain. Under the traditional medical model, these conditions may be treated by an ever-increasing array of drugs and procedures. Under the holistic model, however, both the cause and the symptoms are treated without resorting to harmful, dependency-creating substances.
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce not only pain, but also pain-related conditions: it boosts the mood in the long-term, helps with sleep, and increases energy. If you are experiencing physical or psychological problems that go beyond simple pain, contact the team at SouthEast Chiropractic and they will be able to devise a treatment regimen that takes into account your pain and the related symptoms.
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