A Guide to Acupuncture
Do you find yourself in constant pain? Have you tried every kind of treatment to rehabilitate your injury? Have you been injured in a car accident or work place accident? Have you seen a chiropractor or physiotherapist but just aren’t getting better? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you might just be in luck because acupuncture could save you from a lifetime of pain! Acupuncture is a traditional medicine that people have been relying on for hundreds of years. Although acupuncture is ineffective for some, many health professionals suggest acupuncture treatment if nothing else has worked. Acupuncture is also used in conjunction with a number of other injury rehabilitation and pain relief treatments. A lot of people have the basic understanding of acupuncture as needles going into the body at various points but there is so much more to it than that. Let’s take a look at what exactly acupuncture is, where it came from, why people think it works, and how it can help.
So what exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that involves gently inserting needles into the skin at various, targeted sites to induce anesthesia. Acupuncture revolves around balancing chi (energy force).
Where did acupuncture originate?
Acupuncture originated in China and has been relied on in the Chinese medicine world for hundreds of years.
Why does it work?
There are both traditional and modern views regarding the health benefits of Acupuncture. Traditional thinking establishes that by unblocking certain meridians throughout the body, blood flow is increased. Modern thinking maintains that by stimulating your body’s signaling system, the natural healing processes will be expedited.
How can acupuncture help?
There are several uses for acupuncture. In modern western medicine, acupuncture is not used as the first treatment typically. However, many medical professionals turn to acupuncture when all other treatment has failed and may even use acupuncture in conjunction with other injury rehabilitation or pain-relief treatments such as chiropractic or physical therapy. Acupuncture has been known to speed up the natural healing processes of the body and is therefore a great addition to your injury rehabilitation or pain-relief regime.
The following is a list of just some of the things that you might use acupuncture for:
Headaches: Many studies have been investigating the effects of acupuncture treatment on migraine sufferers. They have found a link between people who go for regular treatment and the stark reduction in migraines experienced in the following months.
Sleep problems: Some patients with sleep apnea have turned to acupuncture when nothing else has worked. Some evidence suggests that a type of acupuncture known as auriculotherapy acupoint pressure may help treat sleep apnea.
Allergies: In one 2013 study, researchers split the test group into three parts and administered sham acupuncture to one group, real acupuncture to another, and only antihistamines to another. The group that received real acupuncture showed the largest decline in allergy symptoms in the 2 months that followed.
Muscle, bone, and nerve pain: Because acupuncture awakens your body’s natural healing processes, receiving acupuncture treatment may relieve your muscle, bone, and nerve pain quicker.