Pain Management Through Acupuncture
Medications, such as NSAIDs interfere with pain signals sent to the central nervous system through nerve endings and relieve discomfort. NSAIDs, such as naproxen and ibuprofen, block prostaglandins via Cox-1 and Cox-2 enzymes.
However, frequent use of NSAIDs can cause side effects, such as heartburn, bloating, gas, stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, constipation, and diarrhea. On the other hand, you can undergo acupuncture, an alternative medicine technique to relieve discomfort and pain without side effects.
Health professionals have been practicing acupuncture for over 3,500 years, making it older than conventional western medicine. A professional acupuncturist at Nature Acupuncture & Herbs uses needles, heat, and pressure to specific body points to trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms and relieve discomfort, inflammation, and pain.
Stimulates Self-Healing Mechanisms
Numerous research studies have confirmed the efficacy and reliability of acupuncture. It uses a needling technique to stimulate your body’s self-healing mechanisms in connective tissues, muscle fibers, and the cellular environment.
It provokes local inflammatory defense, strengthens the immune system by increasing blood flow, and activates self-repair mechanisms. As a result, you can quickly relieve discomfort and pain.
In addition, the self-repairing of cells and tissues speeds up the healing process and relieves pain from conditions like muscle strain, pinched nerves, neuropathic pain, repetitive stress injury, neck pain, low back pain, and sciatica.
Releases Endorphins to Reduce Pain
A growing body of research evidence shows that fine needles in the skin trigger specific points or acupoints to increase blood flow to the brain, releasing natural pain-killing chemicals like endorphins.
It also increases serotonin and dopamine production to improve your mood. Endorphins are natural painkillers and attach to the opiate receptors in your brain to release dopamine, relieving pain caused by achy muscles and inflamed tissues.
Blocks Pain Signals to the Brain
You feel pain when nociceptors nerves detect tissue damage and send signals to the spinal cord and the brain. For instance, when you touch a hot surface, these nerves send a message or signal through a reflex arc in the spinal cord, triggering the muscles to initiate contraction and stop signals from reaching the brain.
Temperature, pressure, chemicals, and environmental stressors can cause acute or chronic pain, depending on the condition. However, when you undergo a treatment session at Nature Acupuncture & Herbs, the increased blood flow to the brain activates receptors that dampen pain signals.
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Nature Acupuncture & Herbs offers holistic treatment options, including acupuncture, cupping, needles, and herbal supplements to treat a wide range of conditions, including neuropathic pain, muscle pain, inflammation, swelling, radicular pain, nociceptive pain, acute, and chronic pain.
We have a team of professionals with years of experience and extensive knowledge of acupuncture. Our acupuncturists use evidence-based techniques to manage your pain, reduce muscle, tissue, and nerve stress, and trigger specific acupoints to relieve discomfort and inflammation. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.