Billions of people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. Studies show that one in every three American adults and one in five Europeans indicated that they have moderate to severe chronic pain. The three most common sources of chronic pain are low back pain, neck pain, and severe headache or migraine pain.
Typically, many people seek out over the counter pain medication to find relief. With chronic pain, our bodies become less sensitive to the effects of these medications and lead us toward a medical doctor who can prescribe something stronger. Unfortunately, this has led to what experts are calling an “opioid epidemic”. Millions of people are not only in pain but are now also experiencing substance abuse disorders related to prescription pain medication.
Acupuncture has been long recognized as an effective treatment of pain.
By inserting thin needles into the body, acupuncture stimulates the various systems (nervous, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, and digestive) and releases our own natural chemicals, like endorphins, into the bloodstream. The goal of acupuncture is to activate the body’s own self – healing mechanisms and restore balance by encouraging energy to flow where the source of pain may be.
Fortunately, word is getting out about the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating chronic pain.
In all of the interviews we did with ACA (Acupuncture Corporation of America) managing acupuncturists, they reported treating patients for pain most often and for having a high success rate with patients experiencing relief in the short and long term.
Many people wait until they have “tried everything” before they make their way to an acupuncturist. When they get their first treatment, patients often report feeling like they wish they didn’t wait so long! Most patients who have chronic pain experience relief after the first session and long-lasting relief with subsequent acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture has minimal, if any, side effects and can get patients feeling better relatively quickly depending on the severity of symptoms. One of the goals of ACA is to encourage people to seek out acupuncture first! Before they find themselves feeling hopeless about their chronic pain and become reliant on pain medication.
Contact an ACA location near you to begin finding relief of your chronic pain symptoms!