Acupuncture is an ancient form of therapy that is practised within the discipline of Chinese Medicine. It consists of inserting fine needles into the surface of a patient’s skin, which stimulates the body’s natural healing process. Scientists are not precisely certain how it works, but it has proven to successfully treat a number of chronic ailments, including pain.
According to Chinese Medicine, acupuncture’s effectiveness is based on the principle of Qi (chee) which is considered to be the life force of the universe. Qi flows through everything- including the human body–and when this flow is blocked, the result is pain and disease. Acupuncture is designed to unblock the flow of Qi, similar to when water is released from a dam. What types of pain can acupuncture relieve?
Lower back pain
Lower back pain is a common ailment among people. Very often it is caused by sitting for long periods of time, poor posture and lack of exercise. Acupuncture has consistently treated back pain by stimulating the body’s healing process and increasing blood flow in that area.
A study in 2012 revealed that acupuncture was effective in treating migraines. Many who received the treatment had reported fewer migraines in a given month.
Knee pain is another common ailment (often connected to arthritis) and again, acupuncture has proven to be an effective form of therapy in this too. In a 1999 study acupuncture showed to decrease pain and stiffness levels while increasing muscle strength in the knee.
Acupuncture relieves menstrual cramps by stimulating an increased level of blood flow to the uterus and relaxing muscles. Acupuncture also helps to regulate hormones, which can in turn reduce instances of pain and mood swing.
The length of time it takes for acupuncture results vary from patient to patient, some may take a few weeks to fully recover while others see results from the first session. Each session lasts on average for twenty minutes. The types of pain mentioned here are only a few of the many ailments that acupuncture can treat.
The key to its ability to treat such a wide variety of ailments is in the underlying principle of energy flow. If the therapy is given sufficient time, energy will be unblocked and stimulate the body’s natural healing process. If you have tried conventional drugs and have not seen results or are experiencing unwanted side effects, then acupuncture may be a viable alternative. While this form of therapy may not be suitable for everyone, it has worked for many people. Talk to your physiotherapist or doctor to see if acupuncture is right for you or meet with one of our qualified practitioners for a consultation.