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Chronic Pain

Is pain keeping you from doing the things you enjoy? Does it effect your sleep and your job performance? Even worse, is it keeping you from earning an income and interacting with your family?

Sometimes pain is a good thing; it’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong, like when you get a sprain or you are too close to something hot. However, when it lasts for weeks, months or years it negatively affects the things you do in life and how you feel. Chronic pain affects over 27 million Americans over the age of 25. Pain sufferers can have pain from many different conditions like arthritis, low back pain, and migraine headaches.

There are many different ways to treat pain. You can have surgery, take medications and do specialized exercises; however, in addition to Western therapies, the World Health Organization recognizes that acupuncture is also a highly effective treatment of pain from a wide range of causes (see the partial list below).

What’s great about acupuncture is that it is a natural healing method that has virtually no side effects. It works in a multiple of ways, but one of the things that acupuncture does during a treatment is to help your body manage and reduce your pain by resetting your pain threshold back to your normal level.

So next time instead of only relying on an over the counter medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen, give acupuncture and Chinese medicine a try. Let’s get you back to doing the things you enjoy!

Types of pain that respond well to acupuncture:

  • Cancer pain
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spine pain (acute)
  • Temporomandibular dysfunction
  • Tennis elbow

If you don’t see your condition listed here, it doesn’t mean that acupuncture is not effective in treating your condition. You can contact me and I will be happy to talk with you and see if acupuncture will be an effective treatment; or you can check the World Health Organization to see their 2003 list of conditions that are relieved by acupuncture. http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html

References:

1.         MIH Medline Plus (2009). Targeting Musculoskeletal Pain. NIH researcher Dr. Rocky S. Tuan. Spring 2009 Issue: Volume 4 Number 2 Pages 12 – 13. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/spring09/articles/spring09pg12-13.html

2.         National Institutes of Health. (2013). NINDS Chronic Pain Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Retrieved from: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chronic_pain/chronic_pain.htm

3.         World Health Organization. (2002). Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. Pp. 29-32. Retrieved from: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2002/9241545437.pdf or http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html

4.        Doan, R. (2012). Acupuncture for pain (scientific explanation). TCM Wisdom Zone. Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine.