Acupuncture is most notably acknowledged for it’s ability to relieve pain and yet, the first question people usually ask about acupuncture is whether or not it hurts.
To answer that question, acupuncture needles are as thin as a hair, They are not inserted invasively into any veins or nerves. They are inserted into the soft tissue, which means, they are not intended to cause pain. People often describe the insertion of an acupuncture needle as similar to the feeling of a mosquito bite, and then the sensation goes away. Often the needles don’t elicit any response at all.
Acupuncture for Pain Relief
4 of the reasons the NIH acknowledges the use of acupuncture for are: low back pain, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and lung cancer. Many skeptics can ask why it works. The evidence is in the treatment. Acupuncturists often have the experience of patients coming into their clinic limping, or in pain and leaving either pain free or at least acknowledging the relief of their symptoms.
The way that acupuncture works for pain relief is it triggers adenosine, which is a neuromodulator with anti-nociceptive attributes. Anociceptor is a sensory receptor that responds to stimulation by conducting nerve signals to the brain and spinal cord. It’s a natural pain relieving molecule in the body.
- promotes sleep b/c is an inhibitory neurotransmitter
- dilates coronary arteries
- relaxes smooth muscles
- is an anti- arrhythmic agent
When anociceptor is present it is seen that it lowers miscarriage rates and ectopic pregnancy rates.
It raises the rate of live births and there is a 180% improvement for IVF.
Acupuncture works especially well with muscular and chronic pain as it increases circulation by dilating arteries and relaxing smooth muscles.
Patients often fall asleep during an acupuncture treatment and are surprised at the deep level of relaxation they experience.
Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain
Acupuncture is wonderful treatment for acute and chronic low back pain. American Family Physician has recently published an article sighting acupuncture as the number 1 treatment for chronic low back pain. It recommends acupuncture for short term relief and to improve function.
In my experience Classical acupuncture, which is the style of acupuncture I practice, is wonderful for treating low back pain. Classical acupuncture is so effective for low back pain, I am surprised when my patients return for more than 3 treatments. Classical acupuncture works with both the acute and chronic symptoms a patient presents with.
The results are amazing.
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