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What Is Pain and How Acupuncture Helps
Pain can be experienced as sharp, dull, intermittent, steady, localised or a general all over body ache depending on which pathway is activated (fast or slow), which then enables us to recognise illness or injury. Once the pain receptors have been activated by a stimulus they send a message via electrical impulses to the brain which interprets these messages as pain.Acupuncture is able to help relieve pain as it has an effect on the endogenous opiod system (pain-relieving system) thus acting as an analgesic. Through the use of Neural Imaging, studies have conclusively shown that acupuncture is successful in offering pain relieve for common ailments such as chronic neck and lumbar pain, migraines, knee osteoarthritis, dental pain, nausea and vomiting. 1
Pain and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture can treat a variety of pain, however muscle pain is more common. This type of pain generally involves groups of muscles as well as ligaments, tendons, fascia, bones and organs and are damaged either throughout our daily activities which puts wear and tear on the muscles or through trauma (accident, sprain, fractures, dislocations, falls), poor posture, repetitive movements, overuse or excessive immobilisation.
Acupuncture can relieve the pain you experience and restore the natural flow of qi through the meridians of the body. When the qi is either insufficient, unbalanced, or blocked illness can occur. Individualised treatment programs, based on each person’s diagnosis, enable specific acupuncture points (with specific functions) to be used to correct the imbalance and relieve pain.
Some commonly treated conditions include:
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