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Acupuncture NYC and the Treatment of Pain

April 9, 2011

The Chinese have used acupuncture for pain control for well over 2,000 years.  Acupuncture  NYC is a very effective treatment for pain even physicians now prescribe acupuncture for patients whose chief complaint is pain, especially for pain with unknown cause.

In Western society, the answers to physical pain are pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs never address the real cause of the pain and instead only relieves its severity.  After a few hours, the pain is back.  Moreover, these drugs carry toxins that manifest as side effects and these side effects are oftentimes worse than the condition one is dealing with.

Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and is a holistic type of medicine meaning that acupuncture does not only cure the physical ailments of the individual but also the psychological, emotional and even spiritual issues of the individual as well.  Acupuncture is a process wherein hair-thin needles are inserted at specific areas in the body to stimulate the brain to release endorphins and other natural pain relievers. Acupuncture, likewise, enhances the electromagnetic signals of the cells in one’s body providing more energy then to the body to help it heal itself and eliminate pain.

Acupuncture increases blood flow throughout the body and relaxes the muscles.  As mentioned, endorphins make the body feel good and relaxed and these help the individual feel good emotionally as well as boost the body’s immune system.  In all, acupuncture energizes and relaxes the body allowing itself as little external aid as possible.

People experience many and different types of pain and the acupuncturist upon physical examination of the patient, applies a type of acupuncture that he/she deems is the best type of treatment for each particular problem.  Back pain is the most common type of pain and is often a result of muscle strains or sprains. Experienced acupuncturists may use local needles for one type of pain condition, use distal needles placed on other parts of the body for another type of problem or use cupping or electrical stimulation along with needle insertion for another case of pain problem.

Arthritis can be treated with acupuncture. Arthritis always involve joint problems and pain.  The acupuncturist may insert needles on the site itself or at other points in the body.  Acupuncture also cures migraine headaches. Acupuncture is used for regulating and normalizing body processes and functions.  When blood flows well; hormones are in balance; and body processes function normally; the acupuncturist can eliminate migraines.

Acupuncture is like a one-stop solution for pain.   No matter what type of pain one experiences, acupuncture has the solution. The acupuncturist needs to know about one’s medical history upon a patient’s initial consultation.  He/she will conduct a physical examination on the body. Then, during the first consultation, the acupuncturist will work on identifying one’s pain and create a treatment designed to heal the body.