Here in the West, acupuncture is most commonly sought after for pain management. Whether acute or chronic, musculoskeletal, or otherwise, acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment modality for addressing many types of pain.
Pain, from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is caused by an internal imbalance in the body, or a blockage of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’). By inserting thin needles into the body at specific points, the acupuncturist is intending to activate the circulation of Qi, or in other words, help your body to stimulate its own healing resources. Modern science has demonstrated the affects of acupuncture needling to stimulate the release of chemical signals in the body that reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood circulation, and increase nerve conduction, to name a few. For these reasons, acupuncture is not only effective for reducing symptoms of pain, but for addressing the root imbalance in the body that is the underlying cause of pain.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy that can work alone, or in conjunction with other types of treatment for pain relief. Depending on the duration and severity of the condition, it may take one, or several, acupuncture treatments to experience noticeable relief – timetables for treatment may always be discussed with your practitioner. As treatments are always tailored to individual needs, a typical treatment for pain relief may also include a combination of modalities including cupping, moxibustion, therapeutic bodywork, microcurrent, and/or gentle electrical stimulation of the acupuncture needles.