Before we chat about acupuncture and pain management, let's talk about the root of it all...
Ah, that familiar feeling of intense discomfort...it's one of THE most prominent reason why we visit our primary care physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors and massage therapists. It is also the top symptom in an array of medical complaints that we experience and can have quite an influence on the quality of our lives.
*It is definitely one of the TOP complaints I see at my Loveland Acupuncture office.*
The prevalence of all types of [chronic & acute] discomfort is why there is so much research on what treatments can help. As a matter of fact, most of the theories that "explain" how acupuncture works involve our perception and reception of pain.
Researchers have developed two main theories that may explain why and how acupuncture helps with relieving pain.
> Theory 1: Acupuncture needles inserted into the body activate the nerves in our bodies that sense pain. This response tells our Brain to release endorphins throughout your body as well as lower the level of activity in the area of our Brain the senses pain (the Anterior Cingulate Cortex).
> Theory 2: When acupuncture needles are inserted into the body and manipulated (slightly rotated), it creates minor traumas to the local tissues. These minute damages causes the pain reliever Adenosine to be released into the affected area, which then numbs our sensation of pain.
Acupuncture for Pain Management...
Click through the links below to read how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help with some of the most common types of pain:
- Migraine Headaches