Many of my clients come to me for the treatment of chronic pain, this can include neck, shoulder, headaches, with back pain being the most common.
Acupuncture is an age-old healing practice of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are placed at specific points in the body. Acupuncture is growing in popularity around the world, In France for example, one in five people have now tried acupuncture.
But how does acupuncture work? You may have asked this question so many times already.
According to WebMD, acupuncture seeks to release the flow of the body’s vital energy or "chi" by stimulating points along 14 energy pathways. Scientists say the needles cause the body to release endorphins – the natural painkillers – and may boost blood flow and change brain activity.
Another idea is that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which have a pain-reducing effect. Some studies suggest that this therapy has an effect to the stress response system (known as hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis).
Acupuncture for Various Types of Pain
Many people who suffer from low back pain who don’t get relief from standard treatments find relief from acupuncture.
This natural treatment is also known to be effective in alleviating headache and migraine. Two large studies found that people receiving acupuncture had fewer days with tension headaches than those receiving conventional care. It is also a helpful addition to standard treatments for osteoarthritis, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in the US.
Acupuncture seems to be effective as well in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Taiwanese researchers found that participants with carpal tunnel syndrome who received acupuncture for one month experienced more relief, for a longer time, than those who took medicines.
Acupuncture is also used in cancer care, particularly in chemotherapy because it has the ability to lessen not just pain but also nausea and vomiting, which cancer patients experience during treatments.
Many people use this therapy to deal with other kinds of pain, such as neck and muscle pain, and menstrual cramps. Since it is natural, patients taking medications can undergo acupuncture. It is even more effective in alleviating pain when combined with other therapies, such as massage.
I have been practicing for over 5 years now and in that time have worked with a large number of clients to help with pain relief, often I find they come to me as a last resort. I have always been so delighted and amazed to see just how effective the acupuncture / acupressure treatments have been and in most cases how quick the body is to respond and heal naturally.
"I suffered for years with acute pain and immobility due to osteoarthritis, but thanks to Kulvir and her treatments I am now pain free and have much more mobility."
Sandi, Ipswich, July 28 2014
You can read more testimonials on my website- http://www.holistichealthkc.co.uk/page_3205128.html
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