Pain is the body’s warning alarm. It tells you something is wrong. If you ignore your body’s alarm, severe problems can form. Pain can be acute and short, or it can last several weeks, month or even years. It can be localized or systemic. Pain can be very debilitating and frustrating and can impair someones life greatly.
Acupuncture - Ancient Wisdom with Scientific Evidence
How Traditional Chinese Medicine understands Pain:
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture affects our life force called "Qi." More than 2000 acupuncture points on the body are connected by meridians, or pathways, through which energy travels. For optimal wellness this energy must be able to travel freely. Disturbances in this flow of Qi result in illness or dysfunction. Qi doesn't travel alone, it is accompanied by our Blood. Both, Qi and Blood, are flowing through the meridian system, nourishing and protecting body tissues and helping them maintain their functions. A Qi and Blood blockage can show as bruising or swelling of the tissue, or as stiff, sore muscles. Qi stagnation in the joints produces arthritis pain, TMJ pain, neck and back pain, etc. Internal blockages can produce many symptoms and many kinds of pain, including headaches, sore throat, chest pain, stomach pain, menstrual pain, sciatic and nerve pain. Emotions like anger, anxiety or depression can damage the free flow of Qi and Blood as well and can be responsible for all kinds of pain.
How Acupuncture can help:
Acupuncture is the principal treatment modality employed by Chinese Medicine practitioners. Fine needles are inserted on specific points to break up blockages and promote the free flow of Qi and Blood.
“If there is free flow, there is no pain;
If there is no free flow, there is pain.
(Old Chinese saying)
How the flow of Qi and Blood becomes stagnated and causes pain:
1. An external invasion of pathogens such as of wind, cold, dampness or heat may invade the body causing pain. If our defensive Qi or immune system is weak we become more susceptible to external invasions through the pores of our skin.
2. The Qi and blood can stagnate due to trauma (i.e. lifting, repetitive strain over time, an accident or similar sprain).
3. There may be an insufficiency of Qi or blood creating a sluggishness or stagnation of flow throughout the meridians. This is an internal cause or weakness with a number of possible etiologies such as:
- poor diet;
- insufficient rest coupled with too much activity or overwork;
- overuse of drugs;
- chronic illness;
- hereditary weakness;
- an excess of emotions;
and general aging as our Qi is naturally declining.
How Science explains Acupuncture:
Research has shown that Acupuncture affects a variety of biological systems. It triggers the release of hormones, it disables receptors and activates anti-inflammatory chemicals. Very useful in the treatment of pain is the release of endorphin, which are not only our feel good hormones but also our natural pain killer hormones. Acupuncture may also aid helper cells from our immune system in fighting infections.
Depending on your personal needs, pain therapy can include any of the following treatment modalities:
- TDP Infrared Heat
- Auriculo-Therapy (Ear Acupuncture)
- Laser Acupuncture
- Electro Acupuncture
- TuiNa Massage
- Health Coaching