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How Acupuncture Therapy Can Help Manage Chronic Pain

Millions of people across the globe are suffering from chronic pain, which can be very disturbing.  Conventional ways of managing this pain include medication, surgery, and physical therapy. Unfortunately, some people experience adverse side effects or find the treatments ineffective in the long run. Here at Sherwood Park, we offer Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Therapy, one of the complementary treatments adopted for centuries to manage chronic pain.

What is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Therapy?

Acupuncture Therapy is a traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting thin needles into some points in the body. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Sherwood Park aims to balance and influence healing by stimulating the body’s natural energy flow or Qi (pronounced as “chee”).

The therapy is commonly used to treat chronic pain, digestive orders, headaches, depression, anxiety, and infertility, among many others. Research has proven that acupuncture is an effective treatment for these listed conditions and can help reduce pain, improve circulation and inflammation, and boost the immune system.

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How does Acupuncture Reduce Chronic Pain

Western Medicine suggests that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release natural pain-relieving chemicals, such as Serotonin and Endorphins, by reducing inflammation. When the needle is inserted into a specific point in the body, it sends signals to the brain. This happens after activating tiny nerve fibers in the muscle and skin, and the brain releases endorphins, a natural pain killer.

Endorphins can help block pain signals from getting to the brain, improve moods, and reduce the emotional toll of chronic pain. Acupuncture can reduce swelling and inflammation in the affected tissues, also reduce pain, and promote healing.  This mechanism can reduce stress and anxiety, the common ground causing chronic pain. In addition, this therapy will promote relaxation and improve your sleep quality.

What is The Best Acupuncture Point For Pain?

The position and nature of the pain determine the most effective acupuncture point. An acupuncture therapist often determines the best acupuncture spots for a patient’s needs after considering their medical history, present symptoms, and general health. Below are the points:

  • Hegu (LI4): You will find this spot between the thumb and index finger on the back of the hand.
  • Zusanli (ST36): Just below the knee, on the lower leg, is where you will find this spot.
  • Quchi (LI11): This location is outside the arm, near the elbow.
  • Fengchi (GB20): This spot can be found in the back of the neck, close to the base of the skull.
  • Sanyinjiao (SP6): you will find this spot above the ankle, on the inside leg.

The best way to identify the most efficient acupuncture points for your pain is to work with a qualified acupuncturist who can customize therapy to your particular needs.

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How Many Acupuncture Treatments Do You Need For Your Chronic Pain?

Different factors determine the number of treatments needed, but the first treatment course takes about 6 – 12 sessions. Therefore, it would help if you had a series of acupuncture treatments to achieve your desired result. These sessions can be scheduled for weeks or months, and they are given at least once a week, which can be adjusted based on the patient’s response to acupuncture therapy. When done with the initial course of treatment, the therapist will suggest maintenance acupuncture sessions to maintain pain relief and improve the entire health and well-being.

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Our acupuncturist, River (Long) Zhang, is an experienced professional in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Sherwood Park. They will guide you and help you manage chronic pain. In no time, you will be bouncing and doing what you could not do before. So please contact us today and book an appointment with us today.

Frequently Asked Questions !!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture Therapy

Yes, acupuncture therapy is generally considered safe when performed by a licensed and qualified practitioner. However, some rare risks are associated with acupuncture, such as bleeding, infection, and organ injury.

: Acupuncture therapy is commonly used to treat pain, such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches, as well as a variety of other conditions, such as infertility, digestive disorders, anxiety, and depression.

The number of acupuncture sessions needed depends on the individual and the condition being treated. Some people may see improvement after just one session, while others may require several sessions over weeks or months.

 Yes, acupuncture therapy can often be safely combined with other treatments, such as medication or physical therapy, to provide a more comprehensive approach to healing and wellness.