Most of us are familiar with nagging body pains, whether it is in your back, neck, joints or limbs. It seems to be a common ailment that doesn’t discriminate against age or gender. Sometimes joint pain can be as mild as a sore shoulder, or sometimes it can be as severe and painful as arthritis. However, this discomfort can be relieved by an ancient remedy for a modern time. This type of therapy is called Acupuncture: a method used to encourage and aid natural healing, reduce pain, and improve functionality of the affected areas.
How Does the Treatment Work?
Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body, typically by inserting thin needles through the skin. There is no injection of any type of substance, and the treatment itself ultimately causes minimal discomfort. Its definitive goal aims to balance energy and blood in the body in order to keep it functional and healthy. It stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals known as endorphins. These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, which results in a relief of pain and general relaxation. It’s a safe and rather effective method used to relieve painful disorders (either acute or chronic) as an alternative to high doses of medication or even surgery.
There are a number of uses for the treatment – typically people that suffer from the following disorders or ailments can benefit from acupuncture: neurological, muscular, digestive, respiratory, urinary and menstrual disorders, as well as addiction and insomnia. This practice has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, believed to be performed for centuries as a system of diagnosing and treating pain and/or disease. Although proven successful for hundreds of years without the benefit or advances of modern day technology and medical knowledge, only in recent years has the scientific and medical community begun to truly understand its effectiveness. Modern technology has allowed variations in acupuncture treatment, such as electro-acupuncture treatment – a process involving stimulation of inserted needles with gentle electrical impulses. The number and kind of treatments required would vary on the individual, as well as the condition they are being treated for. For acute problems, only a few treatments may be required, whereas chronic or longstanding issues would likely need regular visits for longer periods of time.
Belief in this alternate and unique healing process is not entirely necessary but a positive attitude towards wellness may reinforce the effects of any type of treatment. Acupuncture has been around for many centuries, used on numerous cases, conditions and even animals. This practice continues to exist and gain popularity and recognition the more society advances and gains intelligence in modern day medicine. If you are needlessly suffering from a painful disorder, put your reservations aside and look into acupuncture treatment – the benefits are limitless.