Chronic pain is fickle. In some cases, we can pick out indicators such as an acute injury that forms the point where the pain started. In other cases, the source is less clear- chronic back aching, or the chronic pain associated with autoimmune disorders, is lifechanging. Certainly, our understanding of the causative factors of chronic pain is always changing; that means that our treatment for chronic pain is also evolving. And in some cases, evolving means looking to what has worked in the past. This is the case for acupuncture: milleniums in the making, it is only now seeing the light of dedicated studies by western medicine. While there is no clear consensus in the medical community regarding the efficacy of acupuncuture, many studies are starting to validate acupuncture as an alternative form of pain management.
There is no one solution for all types of pain- the western medicinial cure that works for one may not do anything at all for the pain of another. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope, we use acupuncture to help people with chronic pain manage their symptoms. By controlling and increasing endorphin flow, pain signals are regulated and reduced; by unactivating the source of the pain, your brain’s awareness of that pain is similarly reduced. Acupuncture has other positive side effects that apply to pain management- it increases circulation which brings healing nutrients and oxygen to the injurious region; it releases other neurotransmitters such as seretonin which are important for relaxing mind and body.
Acupuncture has further applications as a complimentary therapy that can integrate with more traditional forms of medicine in suppressing your chronic pain. If you are interested in finding out more, we urge you to give us a call. We hope to see you at our new office where we have dedicated acupuncture facilities that will help you manage your chronic pain in a natural an effective manner.