Pain relief

 Acupuncture treatment helps to bring relief from pain, reduces inflammation and swelling and improves muscle stiffness and joint mobility   

Many people experience back pain, an episode of pain that can flare up at times of stress and normally improves within a few weeks or months or is a more ongoing experience of pain or discomfort which lasts beyond the expected normal time of healing. Back pain affects people of all ages, and often is not connected to any obvious cause. Acupuncture helps to bring relief from back pain and supports overall physical and emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the 'analytical' brain, which is responsible for anxiety and tension which is often an underlying cause of poor posture and resultant back pain.

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of many typical chronic pain conditions:

  • Low & upper back
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Headache and migraine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Neck stiffness & pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Tendonitis (pain from over use)

Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and triggers the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The biochemical changes influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the 'analytical' brain, which is responsible for anxiety.

Wu. (1999). Chronic pain. Available: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/index. option=com_k2&view=item&id=1187:chronic-pain&Itemid=106. Last accessed 2012.

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