If you’re in pain, consider acupuncture treatment. This natural remedy originates from traditional Chinese medicine and when combined with a physiotherapist’s knowledge of the body, it can be helpful for several conditions, including:
- Cancer related pain
- Jaw pain
- Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
Acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to your physiotherapy treatment care plan.
During an acupuncture treatment, thin needles will be inserted into affected areas. Your practitioner from Prairie Trail Physiotherapy will gently position the needles, then stimulate the acupuncture point. The needles are generally left in for 15-20 minutes.
There are several factors that come into play. How does this ancient treatment reduce pain? Let us tell you how!
Stimulating the nerves
When you undergo acupuncture treatment, thin needles will stimulate increased blood flow. By inserting them into the correct muscle areas, nerves will also become stimulated. The result is the production of endorphins, which naturally provide several benefits, including pain relief.
When you get an acupuncture treatment at Prairie Trail, the needle insertion causes the body to produce chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins can improve mood and lessen pain. Serotonin has many functions within the body, including wound healing, regulating digestion, and decreasing inflammation. This natural healing will boost your physical and emotional well-being.
Rebalancing the body
Traditional Chinese medical practitioners believe we have something inside our bodies called Qi (or chi). It’s the energy that flows through us to keep each system functioning. Acupuncture is thought to eliminate blockages and imbalances within the body’s Qi system.
An immediate symptom of pain is when an area of the body becomes inflamed. Acupuncture has been shown to controlling swelling and therefore decreasing pain.