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Is Acupuncture Good for Chronic Pain?

By Rob Benhuri - Dec 20, 2016 12:47:16 PM

Chronic pain affects many people, with symptoms sometimes becoming severe and potentially debilitating. Doctors and other medical professionals in the NYC area, as in other cities, often recommend traditional pain relief methods. Traditional treatments typically consist of over-the-counter or prescription pain pills, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or short-term physical therapy. While these traditional treatments potentially offer some short term relief, people who suffer from chronic pain likely find little, if any, long-term relief from their chronic pain. Learn about acupuncture chronic pain relief and how many people, including NYC residents suffering from chronic pain, can potentially benefit from acupuncture for chronic pain.

Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain often affects an individual beyond the location of the chronic pain. A person suffering from chronic pain frequently has difficulty engaging in activities they used to enjoy, experiences difficulty working and potentially suffers from inability to perform other normal activities. The overwhelming effect of chronic pain is one likely reason that people turn to acupuncture for chronic pain relief. What exactly is chronic pain and how does it differ from acute pain? Acute pain is the type of pain suffered after an injury, when you stub your toe or accidentally hit your thumb with a hammer. While painful, you usually recover after a few days. Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts much longer. In fact, people suffering from chronic pain often experience significant pain nearly every day. The American Academy of Pain Medicine explains that chronic pain persists on an ongoing basis, ???For weeks, months, even years.??? The AAPM also points out that 100 million people suffer from chronic pain in the U.S. Back pain, headaches, neck pain and arthritis pain top the list as the most-often reported type of chronic pain around the country.


How Acupuncture Helps Relieve Chronic Pain

Chronic pain sufferers often find that acupuncture offers an alternative to traditional types of treatment for chronic pain. Acupuncture proves successful in treating a variety of different types of chronic pain including headaches, neck pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, and neurological, digestive disorders and even psychological pain. In addition to offering the opportunity to provide relief from chronic pain, acupuncture also generally allows an individual suffering from chronic pain to achieve better sleep, reduced stress and an increased overall sense of well-being.

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Individuals receiving acupuncture for their chronic pain condition experienced less pain in the analysis of nearly 18,000 participants across 29 studies. Daniel Pendick, former executive editor of the Harvard Men???s Health Watch, points to a statement from Dr. Lucy Chen, board-certified anesthesiologist, acupuncturist and specialist in pain medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. If you???re suffering for chronic pain, get in touch with one of our acupuncturists to discuss if acupuncture can help relieve your chronic pain. Don???t forget to ask about our special offer for new clients!

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