Pain isn’t something most of us give much thought too unless it is excruciating, long-standing or widespread within our bodies. We may pop an over the counter medication without a thought, seizing the moment to do the living we are here to do.
Day after day of this kind of lifestyle and we may likely just accept this as the normal part of our lives, like having a cup of coffee or tea in the morning and not getting enough sleep most nights.
Thankfully there are alternative treatments available to us all that can reverse this chronic but blind acceptance of a bad situation. While there are some individuals that will sadly suffer pain throughout life, for most of us pain should never just be accepted as a normal part of life we endure daily.
Acupuncture is the use of needles to prick the surface of the skin and release pain from within the body.
This ancient Chinese form of integrative medicine that is widely accepted in today’s world has the potential to treat a variety of illnesses including pain.
Often misunderstood by those who aren’t familiar with it, this form of treatment uses needles, but they aren’t the typical needles most of us think about, they are very thin in nature and placed in specific target areas of the body.
In traditional Chinese medicine, it states that Acupuncture is used to balance the flow of life force within our bodies or the flow of energy known as Chi.
There isn’t any pain associated with needle insertion. Because methods of insertion are different from one practitioner to the next it is best to discuss your special situation prior to beginning. The first visit can take up to 1 hour to complete, followed by 30-minute treatments 1 or 2 times per week after.
There is a large range of pain that acupuncture can treat, from dental to labor pains, neck and back pain or even after Chemotherapy or surgery to name a few.
When seeking out a practitioner and potential treatment it is important to bear a few things in mind. If you have a bleeding disorder, wear a pacemaker or are pregnant this type of treatment option for pain may not be for you.
It is always best to check with your practitioner prior to beginning a session, relaying your past and current medical history and background so that they can determine if this form of treatment is right for you.