Many people experience chronic pain that impacts their quality of life. Whether it’s from a previous injury, recent sports training, or chronic illness, persistent discomfort is frustrating at best. In addition to exploring other treatments such as physiotherapy and lifestyle modifications, you might want to try acupuncture as a complementary therapy.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine in which very thin needles are inserted to the body to treat a variety of medical conditions including osteoarthritis, chronic pain, and migraines, among others. Here’s what you should know if you’re new to the treatment.
Medical acupuncture is based on the western approach to using acupuncture needles to improve healing and reduce pain based on the nerve, circulation, joint and muscle relationships with traditional acupuncture points. Physiotherapists use medical acupuncture as part of a complete treatment plan.
Achieving a Balanced Energy Flow
The core principle of acupuncture is the belief that wellbeing can be achieved through balanced chi energy. Chi flows throughout the body through multiple pathways, which are accessible through 350 acupuncture points. By inserting needles into these points, the harmonious balance needed to restore the body can be achieved. The needles are inserted strategically to specific points by a licensed acupuncturist to address the symptoms you are experiencing.
Most people seek acupuncture to reduce the pain they are feeling, but there are several other benefits they may experience as well, including the following.
Acupuncture has a calming and relaxing effect on the body, which could help you fall asleep faster. The tiny needles can access distinct points in your body to induce the production of melatonin, a key sleep hormone.
If you’re feeling fatigued, experiencing brain fog, and coffee just doesn’t cut it anymore, you can try acupuncture for a quick energy boost. It stimulates the brain to release endorphins, otherwise known as the “feel good” hormones. By balancing the body, it helps you sustain the energy needed to perform your tasks daily.
Reduced stress & anxiety
According to the principles of acupuncture, stress, anxiety, and depression interrupt the flow of chi. Unfortunately, we can’t control our body’s fight-or-flight response to the stressful events in our lives. But by putting the pressure on specific points during acupuncture, we can encourage the body to release stress.
Healthy gut function
Acupuncture can also help treat gastrointestinal problems such as heartburn, constipation, and IBS. It helps calm an upset stomach and improves the digestive functions of the body.
Many people believe in the holistic approach and healing power of acupuncture. Edmonton residents can turn to Global Physiotherapy, which offers this traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) from a physiotherapist trained in TCM acupuncture. Medical acupuncture is available for two physiotherapists at Global Physiotherapy Sherwood Park Inc.