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Can Acupuncture Relieve Chronic Pain?

June 03, 2013

The ancient exercise, Tai Chi is often recommended to people with disabilities because the movements are good for aging bodies. After all, old age is the number one reason individuals become disabled. Therefore, it is only natural to consider how this gentle exercise may assist chronic pain management.


However, not all workouts are good, or possible, for everyone. If you find independent mobility challenging because of chronic pain, it may be possible to get relief with the natural health remedy, acupuncture.

How to Relieve Chronic Pain

Some prescription medications are only a “quick fix,” not a long term solution, for those needing assistance with chronic pain management. This creates demand for alternative medicine and natural health approaches.

One solution is acupuncture, a traditional Chinese practice that made its way to North America over 40 years ago. Recent studies report how acupuncture may be able to reduce chronic pain, alleviate arthritis discomfort, and assist migraine management as well.

What is Acupuncture?

Most of us have seen the process of acupuncture done on television or in movies. But do you know how this alternative medicine works?

Thin, long needles are inserted into a patient’s skin at precise points, according to the location of his or her pain. These are called acupuncture points; they exist along the internal course of vital energy. How deep the needle goes agrees with the position of the acupuncture point.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that is praised by many individuals who receive the treatment. People claim to have had success in monitoring chronic pain and arthritis discomfort, as well as managing nausea and migraines with this natural health remedy.

Acupuncture treatments are becoming more readily available in North America, and are sometimes offered at hospitals. If you are interested in relieving chronic pain with this approach, it is important to research the practice further and consult your physician.

Overall, it is hard to verify the validity of acupuncture or why it works. The positive buzz about this natural health remedy continues to grow because of personal testimonies.

In fact, one reason why it is believed that acupuncture was adopted into western cultures in the 1970s, is because of this testimony in the New York Times:

“All of this took about 20 minutes, during which I remembered thinking that it was rather a complicated way to get rid of gas… but there was a noticeable relaxation of the pressure and distension within an hour and no recurrence of the problem thereafter.”

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