Acute pain is pain which comes on suddenly and is usually short induration. Ankle sprains, pulled muscles or waking with a stiff neck are all examples of acute pain.
Although acute pain is not often serious, it can be a sign of an underlying problem and should be investigated to rule this out. Left untreated, acute pain can become chronic, making it much harder to resolve in the long run.
Acupuncture helps to relieve pain in several ways. Firstly, it helps to reduce inflammation which is responsible for pain, swelling and tenderness. If you have acupuncture treatment very soon after your injury, your acupuncturist may choose to focus on points further away from the affected area. This reduces the risk of aggravating the injury and increasing pain.
Acupuncture affects the nervous system and blocks pain signals from reaching the brain. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. It relaxes the surrounding muscles and improves circulation which can speed up the healing process.
City Acupuncture is a unique collective of affordable acupuncture clinics across the country. We have completed over 100,000 acupuncture sessions, and we see around 3,000 more every month. Acute pain is one of the most common reasons people come to City Acupuncture.
Because we see acute pain so often, we have learned a lot about how it, and how you can treat yourself at home.
We've compiled the following ebooks that are all focused on explaining why you are in pain and what you can do about it at home for free. Enjoy!