Here at Blue Path Acupuncture we effectively treat acute and chronic pain by problem solving from the inside out. Is the pain due to a spinal injury, bulging disc, pinched nerve, sciatica, tight muscle or from stress?
In 1997 the National Institutes of Health officially recognized Acupuncture as an effective treatment of pain. Clinical studies showed that acupuncture therapy can treat many types of chronic pain, including headaches, neck and low back pain, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, arthritis, sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome. Recent studies also suggest that topical herbal compounds like those used in Traditional Chinese Medicine are very effective for reducing chronic pain.
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- How Does Acupuncture Treat Pain?
Because acupuncture points are designated areas of electrical sensitivity, inserting needles at these points stimulates sensory receptors. This in turn excites nerves that transmit impulses to the brain, which is responsible for releasing endorphins (the body’s natural pain killer) along with neurotransmitters (body chemicals that act on nerves). These block the message of pain from being delivered up to the brain. This reaction also enhances the healing process and helps the body’s systems maintain balance.
In some cases, improved circulation may cause the pain to increase temporarily also known as a “healing crisis” but this is followed by accelerated repair of the tissue. So there is a chance that you may be a bit more sore the day or two after your treatment but this will dissipate and leave you feeling better than you did before your treatment. Proper circulation is important not only for the blood to nourish the tissue and properly heal it, but also for eliminating muscle fatigue and pain-causing substances such as lactic acid.
- The Problem With Pain Medications
To combat pain and inflammation, numerous people take over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) which are a class of drugs that include aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Although this brings temporary relieve, it does not address the underlying cause of the pain and often comes with side effects.
The most common side effect is damage to the gastrointestinal tract, which includes your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. More than half of all bleeding ulcers are caused by NSAIDs, says gastroenterologist Byron Cryer, MD, a spokesperson for the American Gastroenterological Association.
NSAIDs, such as aspirin, work by blocking the production of prostaglandins, chemical messengers that are responsible for the pain and swelling of inflammatory conditions. However, these very same prostaglandins are important to the health of the gastro intestinal tract. When these are blocked by NSAIDs, inflammation is reduced, but the protection of the lining of the stomach is lost and acid secretion in the stomach is increased. Therefore, common side effects are impaired indigestion, ulcers and bleeding from the stomach, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, as well as rash, and headaches. The most serious side effects are kidney issues.
- Solution for Muscle Spasms or Cramps
To ensure you’re getting enough minerals, take a muscle “pain power pill” that combines potassium, calcium and magnesium every day. Calcium helps muscles contract, magnesium helps muscles relax.
• 600mg calcium citrate (Citrate: is more easily absorbed than other forms)
• 400mg magnesium citrate or chelate
• 200mg potassium (on average one banana carries 422 mg of potassium)