Acupuncture is a leading strategy for drug-free pain relief. It is time-tested, safe, effective and natural way to eliminate pain with little to no side effects. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledge the benefits of acupuncture in treating and eliminating pain due to a wide range of causes.
Pain is a signal generated by our brains to let us know that something is not right in an area of our body. If there is an acute injury, our job is to provide proper rest and support for the body while it heals itself. Acupuncture treatment can shorten the length of time that you are in pain from muscle strain, sprain or over exertion.
When pain becomes chronic, there may be a long-standing injury that the body cannot heal on its own. Proper medical evaluation will tell us if you require strategies like medication or surgery to repair the damage that is underlying your pain. However, in many cases, there is no medical intervention available, the risks are too high or the patient is given the option of trying natural methods first, before pursuing more intensive medical treatment. This is where acupuncture plays a role in the integrative management of painful conditions.
With acupuncture, we provide a new stimulus to the brain and body, while simultaneously calming the nervous system. This sets the stage to interrupt the pain cycle and provide relief without side effects. People often seek acupuncture treatment when they wish to avoid or discontinue pain medications for chronic pain. Others add acupuncture to their existing pain management plan so that they can get back to being active, perform their duties at work and enjoy their life with less pain.
Not only can acupuncture treat signs and symptoms of pain and discomfort, it can also get to the root of the problem. When the initial cause of the pain is corrected, your body can begin to heal on deeper levels. We may also make appropriate referrals or suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing, such as: massage, therapeutic movement, dietary support or stress management strategies.
“I can not see a better solution to long-term chronic pain. There is no question in my mind that acupuncture is safer than surgery or drugs.”
—Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, Neuroscientist, University of Toronto