The Benefits of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

The Benefits of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that uses needles to energize the central nervous system by stimulating specific points of the body called “meridians.” This stimulation activates various pain relief chemicals and increases blood flow to the injury without inserting any needles at the actual injury site. Acupuncture has been known to significantly decrease pain and discomfort for patients with a wide variety of injuries and pain.

What Is Chronic Pain?

You may continue to experience pain longer than 3 months as a result of injury, physical deterioration, or illness. This long-lasting and recurring discomfort is referred to as “chronic pain,” which may last for years and does not typically go away using standard methods of pain relief. You may be experiencing chronic pain if you have any of the following persistent or recurring symptoms:

  • Achiness and throbbing
  • Burning and stinging
  • Shooting or sharp pain
  • Stiffness or soreness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lethargy and depleted energy
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Loss of appetite

Even if you cannot point to the genesis of these symptoms or they are not necessarily associated with a serious injury or illness, you can still experience chronic pain. If you have any of the above symptoms, get in touch with an Aberdeen physical therapist before your pain worsens or further detracts from your quality of life.

Can Acupuncture Alleviate Chronic Pain?

Acupuncture has been found to benefit patients with chronic pain resulting from problems with the back, neck, and joints. It has also been proven to help assuage migraines and recurring headaches. By activating pain sensors in other areas of the body, acupuncture increases the flow of endorphins to the rest of the body, which can significantly decrease pain and increase the flow of important nutrients to the site of your injury. It also promotes wellness and balance in the rest of the body.

Experienced Acupuncturist in Aberdeen

If you are suffering from chronic pain and have not seen results after using traditional methods, acupuncture may be a solution. In fact, excluding patients with certain skin conditions, acupuncture poses far lower risk than using a new medication. If acupuncture does not successfully mitigate your pain, the only negative side effect is disappointment. On the other hand, it can significantly reduce your pain and restore you to a higher quality of life if it does prove to be successful.

Not every acupuncturist is trained to care for people with chronic pain—but our Aberdeen physical therapists are. Our staff at ProFysio Physical Therapy is here to help you achieve the pain relief you need so you can get back to your life.

Call (732) 333-6360 to request a free evaluation today.

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