Acute and Chronic Pain
Acupuncture can help.
You wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed and leap out of bed.
A few good stretches and you scamper downstairs, two at a time! With a bounce in your step you get on with some chores: empty the dishwasher, bending easily and fluidly, prepare the veggies for your evening meal, hands strong and supple.
A twenty minute exercise sequence and then it’s off to walk the dog. No difficulties bending over to pick up those little “parcels” that Fido leaves for you to deal with!!
The many tasks that lay ahead on this day don’t overwhelm you; your shoulders are relaxed and your mind is clear.
Isn’t that how it goes? For many, the answer is a resounding NO!!
If you have pain then this is probably the exact opposite of what your average day feels like?
Maybe you don’t call it pain? Maybe you call it discomfort, tension, or something that doesn’t feel quite right. Maybe you can’t remember when your joints didn’t ache or your back wasn’t stiff?
Being pain-free is a necessary component of good health. It’s much easier to live a good life when you feel good. You may attribute how you feel to your lifestyle, age, or genetics. But now it’s time to look at the whole picture and learn how to reduce your pain.
How can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture can help with all three underlying causes of pain:
- poor circulation
According to acupuncture theory, many causes of pain are caused by something referred to as “stagnation.” Qi and Blood are two vital substances in Chinese medicine and need to flow freely. Free flow means no pain.
A more Western explanation is that acupuncture can provide relief from pain by:
- reducing inflammation
- releasing endorphins, our natural painkillers
- improving blood flow
- setting up a local healing response
Acupuncture is also an extremely relaxing treatment. Therefore, if you suffer from stress, it can help you to unwind at the end of a busy day. When your mind relaxes, so does your body, allowing problems to simply melt away before they become chronic issues.
If you are struggling with acute or chronic pain then please get in touch.