Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture for Pain

Many people suffer from chronic pain, whether neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, headaches, or any other kind of pain. Most people will try over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Advil, and when those don’t work, they go to the doctor for prescription painkillers. Many of those painkillers are opiates, and their use is reaching epidemic proportions. In the last decade, their use has increased by 300%, and deaths due to painkiller overdose has increased over 200% in men, and 400% in women. Those are some scary statistics. If you’re thinking there must be a better way, you’re right. Acupuncture for pain relief.

All drugs have side effects, and opiate painkillers have a whole other set of problems that go along with them. Sometimes they help, sometimes they don’t. If they work, they lose their effectiveness over time, which means taking more pills, or a stronger painkiller. They’re also highly addictive, and we’re now in the midst of an epidemic addiction to prescription painkillers. It becomes too easy to take a few extra pills to manage the pain and become addicted, or to fall asleep and not wake up again. And, the FDA just approved another powerful opioid painkiller, that they claim will be hard to abuse. Most people unintentionally abuse painkillers by just taking more, so it will be just as easy to abuse the new drug as it is with the existing drugs. If you suffer from pain, what do you do? Is there a better option and a way to stop suffering from pain and feel better now? Yes! Acupuncture can help.

In Chinese Medicine, we see pain as being caused by a blockage in the energy flows in the body. Here’s a way to think about it: imagine a stream with water flowing through it. Now, imagine dropping a boulder into the stream, blocking the water flow. The water still has to go somewhere, and it pushes against the boulder and tries to move it or go around it. The same kind of energy blockage in the body can cause pain. If the energy can’t flow properly, you get the symptom of pain, letting you know there’s a problem. If you remove the boulder from the stream, everything flows easily and naturally again. By using acupuncture for pain relief, we remove the blockages from the energy streams or channels in the body, and the energy can flow freely again. Less blockage, less pain. No blockage, no pain. Unlike drugs that only mask or suppress symptoms, acupuncture can get rid of the underlying problem (blockage), and the symptom of pain goes away. It sounds pretty simple and straightforward, and it is! Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, and is highly effective for treating all kinds of pain. You can be drug-free and pain-free by using acupuncture for pain. Contact us to learn how we can help you.

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