Most people would rather take pain relief medication when it reaches unbearable levels. The drugs are good and highly effective. However, many of the drugs have side effects that can lead to more problems for you down the road. The side effects are worse when dealing with over-the-counter pain medication. Some of these side effects include nausea, rashes, liver damage, stomach upset, stomach ulcers, and allergic reactions among others. There are other ways of getting pain relief that are worth looking into such as acupuncture.
So, what benefits can you derive from acupuncture?
Acupuncture can help one find relief from pain without many of the side effects associated with certain medicines that can make life uncomfortable. This can be helpful for individuals who experience chronic pain. It is a cheaper alternative to medication and at times just as effective at relieving chronic pain.
Acupuncture is more than 3,500 years old. The Chinese have used it to treat different types of conditions – including chronic pain – for centuries. The therapist, who needs to be trained and qualified to perform it uses different tools during each session to ensure your body enjoys relief from pain. These tools include:
The procedure is highly efficient at providing relief from pain that focuses on specific parts of the body. These parts include the back and neck. It also helps to provide much-needed relief against the pain in the knees and severe headaches. When the therapist does it well, you may even enjoy prolonged protection against migraines and tension headaches. In fact, the severity and regularity of the headaches and migraines tend to drop significantly when you visit a trained and highly experienced acupuncturist.
Acupuncture is both non-invasive and gentle. Once the procedure ends, patients often gain a number of benefits among them:
• Ability to sleep better
• You will be more energetic
• Improved mental clarity
• Better digestion of food
• Less stress
More importantly, patients often feel relief from the chronic pain which, depending on the specific details and the cause of the pain, can disappear.
Acupuncture removes tension from your body. It offers the body an avenue through which it can eradicate negative energy and tension responsible for causing or worsening the pain. Once the tension disappears, the intensity of your pain should drop several levels down. The result is that you will feel much better. Therapists achieve all this for you by inserting hair-thin needles on specific points of your skin in different parts of the body. The needles inserted into your skin will correct any imbalance that causes chronic pain.
Nevertheless, it is good to state here that one session with a therapist or acupuncturist may not be enough. Consequently, you may need a session each week until you begin noticing the difference. However, some people may feel good (and pain-free) after just a single session. In the long run, acupuncture is a better, healthier and more natural way of dealing with the problematic chronic pain. However, talk to your doctor before you stop taking the prescribed drugs. Do not hesitate to get in touch with Wandsworth Physiotherapy for more information on how this procedure can help you finally overcome chronic pain.