Approximately 30% of Americans experience chronic pain, and pain is the leading reason people seek medical care. Chronic pain frequently causes a decrease in quality of life as it may affect sleep, exercise routines, mood, relationships, and the ability to participate in day-to-day activities. Many pain management options have unwanted side effects while others are inadequate, so it can be a challenge to find effective pain management solutions. While acupuncture alone is not enough to manage all chronic pain, we have seen enough people see enough improvement with the addition of regular acupuncture treatments that we believe adding acupuncture to your pain management regimen is almost always worth a try.
Chronic pain is often defined as pain lasting for more than twelve weeks or pain that continues after tissue damage has been healed. If you decide to try community acupuncture for chronic pain, here are some things that may be useful to know:
1. Side effects of acupuncture include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, and endorphin production. Acupuncture is also a stimulation therapy that may interrupt pain signals on their way the brain. All these things happen regardless of what is causing the pain. If you have structural problems causing pain, acupuncture may still improve the way your body feels and functions. Even if we do not correctly understand what is causing the pain, and there is a lot of science does not yet know about chronic pain, acupuncture may still work for you.
2. Community Acupuncture lets you be the authority on what’s going on with you. We will listen to you without labeling or judge you. We will not give you unsolicited advice on how to live your life. In the beginning, we will tell you how often we think you should come in to get good results, but ultimately our primary goal is to provide you with a self-care tool to use however you want. Some people use acupuncture as a regular part of their pain management routine, others use it to get through extra rough times as needed; we support however you want to use it.
3. We do not need to needle into the problem area to treat pain. Everyone can remain fully clothed in our peaceful community room while we treat all kinds of pain including back, hip, and shoulder pain. While some acupuncturists may needle directly into painful areas, this is only one type of acupuncture and a matter of personal preference; not a necessity to get good pain management results with acupuncture.
4. Acupuncture is a therapy and a process. Long term pain usually requires, at least, ten treatments to get good results, and it doesn’t matter how great acupuncture is if you can’t afford it. Our sliding scale starts at $15, which allows you to commit to 10 treatments for the price of one or two private room treatments.
5. Acupuncture can help with things that often accompany chronic pain, such as depression, anxiety, and poor sleep.
Pain conditions, usually accompanied by stress, are probably the most common ailment(s) we see at Southpoint. If you have other questions about acupuncture and pain management, please contact us here, we will look forward to hearing from you.