Living with chronic pain or illness can negatively affect your life in many ways and prevent you from enjoying the quality of life you deserve. Some people find that their condition changes the way they live in several ways. They may find that their mood is affected, their sleep patterns are disrupted, they become more dependent on others, and they forgo the hobbies they once expected. In short, their pain or illness becomes a big part of who they are.
Some of the treatments on the market can make the condition worse and add more problems. If you have an illness that prevents you from enjoying life like you did before, you should consider acupuncture. Unlike drugs that mask pain and can lead to addiction and other side effects, acupuncture works by stimulating the healer inside your body.
How does acupuncture work?
Medical conditions are caused when there is stagnant or interrupted energy in the flow in your body. When acupuncture is practiced, it both stimulates and harmonizes the flow. This is what prompts the healer inside your body to step in and begin to heal your illness or injury. Acupuncture also releases endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain relievers. It will help you feel better quickly.
What does the procedure look like?
Most people have very little discomfort and find the sensation to be much less than receiving an injection. The needles used in the treatment are very different from the needles in a syringe. They are strong, thin and flexible. The needles are sharper like a pencil point and this allows them to fit between muscle fibers. This translates to much less discomfort for you. Some people describe the needle penetration as a small pinch, and others do not feel it.
When participating in an acupuncture session, you will feel as comfortable as possible on a padded table or chair. Acupuncture needles will be inserted into specific areas in order to initiate the healing process. They will stay in place for a while depending on the acupuncture treatment you need. Many people find it helpful to listen to relaxing music during treatment.
What are some of the conditions commonly treated with acupuncture?
Some of the most common conditions for which many turn to acupuncture include, but are not limited to:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Pain in the back, neck, shoulders and knees
Eye, ear, throat and nose disorders
Musculoskeletal and neurological disorders
If you are suffering from chronic pain, illness, or some other physical or emotional problem, you should seriously consider acupuncture. You may find this is the treatment you were hoping for.