Pain is one of the oldest problems that humans face. It can bring crippling problems that only seem to become exacerbated as simple things like movement increases or changes in the weather occur.
Couple this with the fact that chronic pain seems to be incredibly difficult to treat, and it makes sense that most people have some form of pain that they simply live with.
Acupuncture provides a way to reduce pain while accelerating the natural healing processes of the body. It can help provide a prescription-free way of relieving many of the types of chronic pain that most people deal with on a regular basis.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
While acupuncture is a medicine that has been practiced for over 3,000 years, the reasons that it works is not fully understood. There are two main theories: the gate control theory, and endorphins.
The gate control theory postulates that there are two types of nerves in the body: smaller nerves that sense pain, which in turn transmit them to the brain; and larger bundles that act as gates, which negate the signals that those smaller nerves would send a majority of the time.
According to this theory, acupuncture works by stimulating the larger bundles of nerves. These help to negate the sensation of pain, providing relief to the person receiving treatments.
The other theory as to why acupuncture works revolves around the release of endorphins. The channels used in acupuncture releases these chemical messengers throughout the body, which is responsible for the pain reduction and boosted healing that acupuncture patients often experience.
While the exact reasons as to why acupuncture works may require a better understanding of how the body works, the one thing that is for certain is that it can work. It can reduce pain and offer healing where traditional treatments may fail.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can help with many of the conditions that modern medicine seems unable to touch without many negative side effects. This can include everything from chronic back pain to nausea and vomiting.
Conditions that acupuncture can help include:
- Neurological conditions, including headaches and peripheral neuropathy.
- Cardiovascular disorders like poor circulation and chest pain.
- Digestive system conditions, which includes constipation, diarrhea and weight problems.
- Eye conditions like spasms and sore eyes.
- Musculoskeletal disorders like lower back pain and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Respiratory conditions such as chronic coughing and sore throats.
- Sporting injuries, which include chronic and new injuries.
This is just a short list of conditions that acupuncture can treat. More conditions can be treated by acupuncture, making it essential for patients to seek a personal consultation.
Contact Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab today to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation. We can diagnose your conditions to give you an assessment of how well acupuncture could help.