How Acupuncture Can Help
Acupuncture is effective at treating a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, including most commonly:
Acupuncture addresses the inflammation and muscular guarding and tension that occur around the joint spaces. This decrease in tension allows for less irritation in the joints and a marked decrease in pain.
The back is the structure that supports most of our daily activities. Over time, and through repetitive use the body develops improper postures and degenerative spine conditions. This process causes the body to become less capable of adequately managing stress and wear and tear. Acupuncture acts to release the areas where muscles are too tight from overuse and support or tone those that are weakened by disuse. The holistic approach of acupuncture can also support back problems that are rooted in weakness or overuse of other areas of the body.
Pain that is unrelenting has many causes. The chronicity of a pain signal can become a cause in and of itself. In the treatment of a chronic pain pattern, acupuncture addresses both the underlying cause of the pain as well as the pain signal.
Headaches and Migraines
Tension headaches, cluster headaches or “true” migraines all have a neuromuscular trigger component. Acupuncture addresses this component by deactivating reactive trigger points and muscle tension and easing the reactive tone of the nervous system. Treatment is directed at interrupting the trigger and cascade of symptoms that follows in the initial phase. Follow up sessions can place these disorders in remission.
Neurologic disorders cover a vast array of disorders, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and more. These and other conditions are addressed by attempting to regulate central nervous system neuro-transmitters, thereby affecting how nervous impulses travel through the nervous system.
Some other examples of disorders for which acupuncture can relieve pain include: