If you suffer from chronic pain, you may find yourself recounting the approaches you have taken to address it: Talking to your personal physician, applications of ice, applications of heat, exercise programs — and drugs, including opioids.
It may be time to try acupuncture.
A recent study demonstrates that about 20 percent of people in the U.S. suffer with chronic pain.
Importantly, chronic pain also often leads to disability. As the , chronic pain causes disability as often as kidney failure, emphysema and stroke do.
“This is the reality for 11 million U.S. adults with High Impact Chronic Pain (HICP), a new concept that describes those with pain lasting three months or longer and accompanied by at least one major activity restriction.”
Government studies have also shown that acupuncture can effectively treat chronic pain.
As “, the NIH also reports that acupuncture works on pain in the back, neck and knee, as well as headaches. It may be able to prevent migraines.
“Therefore,” the , “acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider.”
An earlier cited by Harvard confirmed that “acupuncture is an option with a good track record that’s worth considering.”
Scientists will tell you that they don’t know how acupuncture works to reduce and prevent pain. But it is one of the oldest known medical treatments and has offered pain relief for at least 3,000 years.
Acupuncture practitioners treat their patients by understanding the life flow, called Qi, within every body. By inserting thin needles in Qi pathways, acupuncturists ensure a patient’s Qi is free-flowing. They break down blockages so that the Qi and other healthy forces move throughout the body, addressing inflammation and other causes of pain.
If you suffer from chronic pain, or know someone who does, contact our office by email at email@example.com, text at (860) 970-4232, or phone at (860) 413-2118 for a free consultation about acupuncture and how it might help.