Acupuncture Pain Relief

Acupuncture Pain Relief

Acupuncture pain relief treatment may be a welcome alternative to painkillers (analgesics). Persistent (chronic) pain is a widespread problem that affects around 8 million people of all age in the UK. In some cases, chronic pain leads to depression and even job loss. Around £3.8 billion a year is spent on incapacity benefit payments to those diagnosed with chronic pain.

Acupuncture Pain Relief treatment treats typical chronic pain conditions that include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Shoulder and Neck pain
  • A headache and Migraine
  • Cancer pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain (sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, post-hepatic neuralgia)
  • Chronic overuse conditions (e.g. tendonitis)
  • Chronic visceral pain (irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis.

Acupuncture Pain Relief may help chronic pain by :

  • Stimulating nerves located in the muscles and other tissues, which leads to the release of endorphins which changes the processing of pain in the brain.
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility
  • Reducing the use of medication
  • Providing a more cost-effective treatment over a longer period of time

Tips for Managing Chronic Pain

While Acupuncture Pain Relief will help, you can also help yourself with the following tips;

  • Deep breathing and meditation to help you relax.  These techniques help your body relax which can ease the pain.  Tension makes muscles tight.  While you can learn meditation on your own, it helps to take a class.
  • Reduce stress.  Stress intensifies chronic pain and increases the body’s sensitivity to pain. Find what works for you – listening to calming music, gentle walking, painting.
  • Exercise strengthens muscles, helping prevent re-injury and releases endorphins.
  • Don’t smoke.  Smoking can worsen painful circulation problems and increase the risk of heart disease and cancer.
  • Join a support group.  Meet others living with chronic pain and understand what you are going through.  This helps you feel less alone.  Counselling can help you learn to cope better and avoid negative thoughts that make pain worse – try to avoid getting depressed.
  • Ensure you get a good night’s sleep.  Sleep in a comfortable position.  On your side in the “foetal” position is usually the least stressful on your back.  Sleeping on your front puts the most stress on your back and neck and can lead to trouble.  Using a pillow of the right height which supports the neck is also important.  Choose a mattress suited to your height, weight and age. Avoid alcohol which can worsen sleep problems.
  • Eat a healthy diet – Include plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains,  beans, pulses, and organic meat. Avoid excessive amounts of dairy.
  • Distract yourself from pain.  When you focus on pain, it makes it worse.  Find something you like doing and keep yourself busy.
  • Spend time with family and friends and try to enjoy your life even if you experience pain.
  • Remember to arrange a Acupuncture Pain Relief session.

To make an appointment for acupuncture pain relief please call or leave a message via the contact page