There are a vast number of pain conditions ranging from back, neck and joint pain to conditions such as endometriosis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, migraine….plus pain ocurring from injury or post surgey.
Pain killing medication can be useful short term however there can be unpleasant and sometimes serious side effects from their long term use. These can range from stomach upset or ulcers, liver/kidney damage and even an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Acupuncture works in a number of ways to relieve pain:
- by stimulating nerves located in muscles to stimulate endorphins and other chemicals produced by the body that have pain relieving effects.
- reducing inflammation by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.
- improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation, which aids dispersal of swelling.
“In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety” (Wu 1999).
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