We get a lot of queries about managing pain. There is not many places people with long term or chronic pain can go so we are dedicated to working with pain management through specific therapies that can have a positive effect.
Many clients report a significant change in their ability to enjoy life with less or no pain.
There are 3 main therapies suggested for pain management but we will take a look at one on this post and others in future posts.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow or Qi (pronounced “chee”). While the exact mechanisms through which acupuncture works are not fully understood, several theories exist, and research suggests that it may help alleviate pain through various means:
- Endorphin Release: Acupuncture may stimulate the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. Endorphins can help reduce pain and promote a sense of well-being.
- Modulation of Neurotransmitters: Acupuncture may affect the release and modulation of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, which play a role in pain perception and mood.
- Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which can be beneficial for conditions involving inflammation and pain.
- Gate Control Theory: According to the gate control theory of pain, acupuncture may influence the transmission of pain signals by stimulating specific nerve fibers, thereby “closing the gate” and reducing the perception of pain.
- Improvement of Blood Circulation: Acupuncture may enhance blood circulation to the affected area, promoting the delivery of oxygen and nutrients and facilitating the removal of waste products, which can aid in the healing process.
- Regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System: Acupuncture may help regulate the autonomic nervous system, which plays a role in controlling involuntary bodily functions, including those related to pain and stress.The link below leads to our acupuncturists page so you can learn more or book an initial appointment. Acupuncture at The Natural Clinic Cork