Treating Body and Joint Pain with Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a natural option compared to alternative treatments for body and joint pain. People who live with body and joint pain have few options in terms of pain management; bed rest, medication or surgery. Bed rest can be costly in terms of lost time from work. Medication dulls the pain for a short time but often the pain returns, many times worse than before. Taking medication is understandable when body and joint pain is unbearable and chronic. It may help dull the symptoms but it won’t treat the root cause of the disorder. Medication may also cause a variety of unwanted side effects that are often quite unpleasant.
The most common areas of joint pain include:
- thumb joint pain
- shoulder joint pain
- wrist joint pain
- big toe joint pain
- joint pain in pinky finger
- hip joint pain
- hand joint pain
Pain Relief and Treatment
Acupuncture is a safe, drug-free alternative to treating body and joint pain with no side effects. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) recognize the benefits of acupuncture in treating pain due to a wide range of causes.
Western medicine’s view is that the placement of acupuncture needles at specific pain points releases endorphins and opioids, the body’s natural painkillers, and immune system cells, as well as, neurotransmitters in the brain. Research has shown that glucose and other bloodstream chemicals become elevated after acupuncture.
Acupuncturists work with the body’s energy, called “qi.” Qi circulates throughout the body via complex pathways called “meridians.” Meridians transport life-giving qi that provides nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle, and organ in the body. It is important for the qi to flow freely. If it becomes obstructed for any reason, and nourishment is not reaching to all parts of the body, a variety of symptoms may manifest including pain.