Acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of spasms and inflammation. It can also be used to control pain and increase the range of movement.
Acupuncture is used during any of the phases of injury. As with most therapies, it is important to treat the main injury and any underlying conditions. Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine, having been practiced for over 3000 years in China. Research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals, which assist the body to heal itself and gain pain relief. The important thing is seems to work in most cases, and side effects are rare.
Research shows that 70% of people gain relief from acupuncture. It does not work for everybody or every condition, but frequently good results are achieved. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative, with a build-up of effects as treatment progresses. Some people are particularly good responders while others may see little benefit until they have had a few treatments. Occasionally the condition may become slightly worse initially. This is not a bad sign as it usually means the condition will respond.
Will it hurt? This is the most common question asked by patients when needles are used. When inserted the fine needles give rise to a sensation which should only be temporary mild discomfort at most. At times a more intense sensation is experience. This is thought to indicate the movement of energy at the acupuncture point.
Conditions which may be helped by acupuncture include:
- Back pain
- Acute or chronic injuries
- Sports injuries.
- Nausea, dizziness
- Muscle and joint problems
- Hay fever
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