Using Acupuncture for Pain Management

January 13, 2016 / Behavioral Wellness Center / 0 Comments /

Living with chronic pain as a result of injury or disease is no easy feat. The thought of shooting pain and discomfort in your muscles and joints during sudden movements or activities hinders your daily life in more ways than you’d like to admit. While popping pain killers can serve as a temporary fix, pills won’t help you achieve long-term relief. Unlike Western drugs, acupuncture as a complementary pain management treatment may help you find the relief you deserve.

Acupuncture has long been used to alleviate chronic pain associated with injury and certain chronic conditions. This traditional Chinese medicine practice canhelp if you suffer from:

  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Side effects of cancer
  • Pelvic pain
  • Back or neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pain

What to Expect

If you have a phobia of needles and try to avoid having your blood drawn or getting shots, acupuncture is nothing like that. Acupuncture treatments are relatively pain-free. The needles used in treatment are finer than needles used for injections as those are hollow and made to cut through skin.

The acupuncture process is meant to be relaxing. Not surprisingly, most people become so relaxed during a session that they fall into light sleep during a session. Generally, you’ll be lying flat on a padded table and feel a sensation akin to mosquito bite when a needle is inserted. A slight tingling or dull ache and numbing sensation will be felt at the site of insertion as energy, or Qi, is redirected to restore balance. The number and location of needles used in any given session is dependent on the type of pain relief you need. The number of sessions you require is dependent on how you react to treatment as well as how you incorporate changes to your daily routine recommended by your acupuncturist or therapist.

Comparing Side Effects

Acupuncture as an alternative or complement to modern medicine can be a low-risk and effective method of finding relief. The side effects associated with acupuncture are minor compared to Western medicines when treating the same conditions. Typically, modern medications used to treat symptoms of a condition are associated with a hoard of additional side effects – and often it seems the side effects are more severe than the symptoms the medications is treating. Risks associated with acupuncture are very rare, especially when treatment is left in the hands of a licensed individual. Acupuncture should only be avoided by patients with bleeding disorders, active infections or those who are on blood thinners.

Get Informed Today

Behavioral Wellness Center offers other oriental medicine treatments to provide a wholesome approach to your pain management routine in addition to acupuncture. Call us today at 956.688.0943 to schedule an acupuncture appointment and start on your pain relief process.

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