Although acupuncture first began in China, it’s increasingly grown in popularity over the past few decades in the U.S. as well. Acupuncture uses tiny needles, electrical stimulation, or heat application at key meridian points in order to help the body heal itself as well as improve overall health. These special energy points are located in certain spots and run in patterns along the entire body.
How Acupuncture Works
The traditional Chinese principles behind the practice of acupuncture claim that the vital flow of life energy, known as qi (energy), has to freely flow through the body’s meridians in order for it to function to its full potential. Acupuncture is a tool that’s used to address any obstruction in the way qi moves. The tiny acupuncture needles work to unblock any obstructions to allow the normal flow of energy to run through the body’s meridians. Acupuncture also helps restore any imbalances in the way the body’s internal organs are functioning.
Today’s modern-day science offers somewhat of a different explanation of classic acupuncture. According to experts who study acupuncture today, the energy meridian points encourage the body’s nervous system to release vital chemicals into the brain, spinal cord, and muscles that alter the way pain is experienced. They also trigger the release of important hormones that affect the internal regulating system of the body as well.
Acupuncture for Pain Management
Most people would prefer to stop taking prescription medications or avoid surgery for their different aches and pains. More and more people today are turning to acupuncture for help to ease their debilitating joint pain and soreness.
According to the latest statistics, more than 14 million people in the U.S. have tried to use acupuncture in order to improve their health or manage chronic pain. In fact, almost seven percent have eagerly allowed trained clinicians to prick their bodies with dozens of tiny needles in the hopes that it will ease their chronic pain. In other words, acupuncture seems to be positively affecting the constant pain that countless people experience every day.
How Acupuncture Stimulates Pain Relief
How acupuncture actually works is still a mystery. But in theory, it stimulates the meridian points in the body and works to ease pressure on these vital energy points by using tiny needles that correct the body’s own internal imbalances by enabling qi (energy) to freely flow. Although many people are quite skeptical of acupuncture and the general idea of qi, several of the meridian points just happen to correspond with trigger points, which is where pain dissipates when pressed.
Trigger Points and Pain
In modern medicine, it’s widely accepted that trigger points are quite real and have an effect on health. As a result, acupuncture is thought to have the ability to alleviate the stress on these trigger points and thus decrease the pain in that particular area.
Major nerve centers are closely linked to meridian points. This could explain why endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released when the energy points are stimulated with needles. Many times, people who experience chronic pain have lower levels of endorphins. But, once they’re released the sensation of pain is greatly reduced.
At Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab, we offer acupuncture treatments to ease pain and body tension. Our medical team, led by Dr. Jen Lidstrom, will work with you to create a treatment plan that’s right for you. Contact Lakeside Sports Chiropractic today to schedule your consultation.