Managing Chronic Pain with Acupuncture in Hamilton

What People Coping With Pain Should Know About Acupuncture.

There is a Natural, Safe, Effective, Drug Free Alternative.

Centre of Balance pain clinic specialises in treating all kinds of pain, with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you are experiencing or have experienced chronic pain, you may be aware that western medications are not necessarily effective in treating pain and they often have 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 conditions do not have to be frustrated when prescription medicine fails to manage their suffering.

 

Practitioners at Centre of Balance pain clinic 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?

 Acupuncture for Pain at Centre of Balance pain clinic

Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture is an age-old medical practice, which works by applying thin needles on specific body points.  The theory is that pain is because of an imbalance or blockage of qi (body’s natural energy). Acupuncture stimulates and invigorates these specific points in order to redirect and release this energy and bring relief from symptoms.

It is advisable for patients with chronic pain to visit or consult their acupuncturist regularly to improve their condition. 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.  Practitioners at Centre of Balance pain clinic address the underlying imbalances which are causing the painful symptoms, rather than just treating the symptoms themselves. Specifically, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine may 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 the condition. Arthritis 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.  In addition to pain management, acupuncture promotes the holistic wellbeing of patients.

Back pain and Acupuncture Hamilton

  • Back Pain 

One of the most common conditions we treat at Centre of Balance pain clinic is 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 can provide a natural pain relief alternative. 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. 

  • Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture may be an effective treatment method for fibromyalgia, without the side effects of western treatment methods.  See our blog post for more about fibromyalgia.

  • Headaches

Headaches are another common condition we treat at Centre of Balance pain clinic. Acupuncture may be an effective treatment method for headaches. At Centre of Balance we look to address the root cause of the headaches, rather than just the headache itself.  Read our blog post for more helpful tips on how to relieve headaches naturally.

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, 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 pain clinic, 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.