Are you in constant pain? If your life is dominated by the constant juggle of enough pills to kill the pain but not so many they destroy your ability to function – then it might be time to try some alternatives.
Acupuncture is effective for chronic pain – even the World Health Organization agrees that it can help with headaches, arthritis, back pain and menstrual cramps. Although we do not know why it works – the idea is that the needles help correct and redirect the body’s energy flows – we do know that it works. When done correctly by an experienced acupuncturist, acupuncture is perfectly safe (if you have heard horror stories, then rest assured that those things do not happen with a trained and licensed practitioner who knows what they are doing and uses properly sterilized needles).
Acupuncture is not painful – the needles are much smaller than hypodermic needles and produce only a slight prick. Even if needles bother you, acupuncture is worth trying.
Acupuncture is not a cure-all, and should be used in conjunction with other therapies, which might include massage, chiropractic adjustment or physical therapy. But a 2012 study did show it was better than simulated treatments for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain and chronic headaches. Because powerful painkillers are dangerous and potentially addictive, this safe and natural alternative that works with the body’s own healing abilities is a potential answer for many people.
If you have chronic pain and want to reduce or eliminate your dependence on drugs, then contact a quality Nashville chiropractor or acupuncturist who can help you see the benefit of this ancient eastern medicine. If you go to a chiropractor who also does acupuncture you will have the additional benefit of multiple therapies under one roof.