Managing Chronic Pain with Acupuncture in Hamilton

“What People Coping With Pain OUGHT TO KNOW About Acupuncture…”

“There is a Natural, Safe, Effective, and DRUG FREE Alternative.”

If you are experiencing or have experienced chronic pain, you may be aware that pain relief medications are not necessarily effective in treating pain at the same time as often having unpleasant side effects.  People respond differently to pain medication and while some may report a significant improvement in their condition, others do not respond to traditional treatments.

Chronic pain can adversely affect an individual’s ability to function effectively. Patients are often unable to enjoy their daily activities and may have an increased risk of depression. However, people suffering from arthritis, sciatica, a pinched nerve, and other chronic  pain conditions do not have to be frustrated when prescription medicine fails to manage their suffering.

 

Practitioners at Centre of Balance Cambridge have a lot of experience in using acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to treat chronic pain. Unlike conventional treatments, acupuncture is a safe, natural treatment with no side effects. So how exactly does acupuncture treat chronic pain?

 The Role of Acupuncture

Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture is an age-old medical practice, which works by applying pressure, heat, and thin needles on specific body points. Regarding pain management, the theory is that pain is consequent to the imbalance or blockage of qi (body’s natural energy). Acupuncture stimulates and invigorates these specific points in order to redirect and release this important life force.

It is advisable for patients with chronic pain to visit or consult their acupuncturist regularly to improve their feeling of well being. Although the thought of continually participating in a procedure that involves inserting thin needles into the body may not appeal, it is actually a gentle and non-invasive treatment.  Specifically, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine offer relief for the following chronic pain conditions:

  • Arthritis

Arthritis is a relatively common problem characterized by widespread or concentrated pain in joints. It can affect the shoulders, lower back, or knees. Due to its high rate of occurrence, various patients seek alternative remedies to manage their pain. The condition does not have to interfere with your daily activities. Experts assert that early diagnosis and management of the illness can enable an individual to live a fairly normal life.

If you are suffering from arthritis, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and making appropriate changes to your lifestyle can enable you to enjoy extended periods without pain. This is an important aspect since analgesics are not effective in managing widespread pain. In addition to pain management, acupuncture promotes the holistic wellbeing of patients.

Back pain and Acupuncture Hamilton

  • Back Pain 

Back pain is undeniably a disabling condition caused by injury, arthritis, a bulging disk or chronic sciatica. As the name suggests, sciatica involves the inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the base of the spine all the way to the foot. Patients experience a stabbing pain in this particular region whenever they make sudden movements, and as you can imagine, this is not a pleasant feeling. Since sciatic pain and other nerve pains are often difficult to treat with painkillers, acupuncture acts as a complementary treatment to enhance the results of conventional procedures. Additionally, it is advisable to include balance techniques and exercise programs such as stretching to increase back strength. This routine improves the overall functioning of the lower back and may help with sciatic pain.

Acupuncture Treatment for Pain Relief

  • Shoulder Pain

Similar to back pain, shoulder pain is a disabling condition that necessitates an effective treatment. The shoulder is a relatively complicated joint consisting of cartilage, ligaments, and a ball and socket joint. Damage to these parts may result in severe shoulder pain. 

 

Scientific Evidence

According to an article by the National Institute of Health (NIH), acupuncture is a viable and reasonable option to manage chronic pain. This article supports this conclusion by citing the findings of numerous studies on chronic pain, especially regarding neck, knee and back pain. Another study by the Center for Complementary Medicine Research in Germany claimed that acupuncture is an effective treatment that is in high demand due to its documented benefits. In this 2007 report, the authors recommended the inclusion of acupuncture in health insurance policies.

Summary

Based on scientific evidence and the recommendations of practitioners at Centre of Balance, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can be effective alternatives worth trying to manage chronic pain. In order to determine how you may respond to this treatment, contact us at Centre of Balance.

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References

“Acupuncture: In Depth”. NCCIH, 2018, https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction. Accessed 1 Aug 2018.

Haake, M., Müller, H. H., Schade-Brittinger, C., Basler, H. D., Schäfer, H., Maier, C., & Molsberger, A. (2007). German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC) for chronic low back pain: randomized, multicenter, blinded, parallel-group trial with 3 groups. Archives of internal medicine167(17), 1892-1898.