• Juan Orraca

Acupuncture for Pain

Many of us have heard that acupuncture is used to treat pain. Well, guess what? It's true!

Here at Optimum Vitality Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine we "love" pain. Pain is one of the most popular reason people step foot in our office for the first time. The reason we love pain so much is because the results are so great and happen so fast that it seems miraculous. Even after so many years of practicing it is still so awesome to see this transformation.

So how does acupuncture help with pain? Well, there are several ways to explain this. First of all let me tell you what those little needles are doing to the body. Acupuncture needles are placed in areas of your body that correlated with the area of pain in your brain. For example, someone will come in with neck pain and notice that we put the needles in the hands and feet. The reason we do this is because where the needles are being placed are areas that send a signal to your brain telling your brain to start healing that area. Once the needles are in place the body begins to activate its healing mechanism. The brain begins to increase blood flow to the area, opens blood vessels, produces natural pain killers, and relaxes the body. In turn, inflammation, muscle tension, and irritation is reduced.

This continues to happen more and more as each treatment builds upon each other until the pain dissipates. Of course the results vary from person to person and depend on the reason for the pain. Best results are often when the reason for the pain is more recent. Structural conditions prove to be the most difficult, but the pain can be improved significantly and give the person a great sense of relief.

If you would like to learn more or find out how we can help you, give us a call to schedule a free 15 minute consultation.


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