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April 15th, 2021

Acupuncture for pain


Using Acupuncture as an effective option for pain relief.

Acupuncture is an effective drug-free method for pain relief. Traditional Chinese Medicine-based Acupuncture works to address the root cause of pain. This can be locally or targeting a different area of the body. These treatments help relieve pain as well as stimulating the healing process to help recovery.

How does Acupuncture for pain work?

TCM Acupuncture is based on the principles of meridians and qi (energy) and blood, yin and yang, and maintaining a balance between these principles. When an imbalance exists you may be more susceptible to illness, or take longer to heal and recover. Acupuncture strives to maintain the flow of qi in the body, achieving optimal health. Along with pain, its effective for a number of health conditions. Including hormonal imbalances, digestive complaints, headaches, migraines, neurological conditions, skin conditions, fertility, and more. Its development dates back thousands of years ago, before diagnostic technologies like MRI and before the concepts of infection and inflammation were researched and established. Although you might think this makes it a less sophisticated or less effective system, Traditional Chinese Medicine is still used alongside modern medicines in China. It has surged in popularity for its effectiveness and accessibility.

Aside from Registered Acupuncturists, many Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, and Massage Therapists integrate acupuncture in their treatments to assist injury recovery. Their training is medical acupuncture which focuses on the recovery of musculoskeletal injuries. A Registered Acupuncturist uses TCM acupuncture which has a wide scope of practice beyond injuries, such as fertility and labour prep acupuncture protocols.

What to expect during a treatment

During in initial appointment your acupuncturist will get a detailed health history. Once they have a full picture of your condition and overall health, they use their assessment to create a treatment plan.

A treatment for pain relief includes the insertion of needles into the affected pain area and associated meridian. As well as any paired or companion meridians. A Registered Acupuncturist will target points that are specific to the area of pain, and any points related to any current health concerns. ie. recent onset of knee pain, along with constipation and difficult digestion.

The needles and experience

A common question is if acupuncture hurts. Most people do not experience any pain, only a mild sensation. Some people describe a slight pinch or tingling sensation. Choosing a skilled practitioner who works with you is key to having a positive experience. If the idea of needles creates apprehension, treatments can use minimal needles, supplement with acupressure (finger pressure) and include breathing techniques to ensure patient comfort. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, similar in diameter to a stand of hair. Medical needles are much larger and hollow which accounts for an unpleasant sensation.

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