Likely the most commonly treated condition in the clinic by any acupuncturist is pain. Pain affects almost every individual at one point in his or her life. It is believed that one in five Canadians live with chronic pain, which is the equivalent of 6.8 million Canadians. Chronic pain sufferers often feel depressed and statistics even suggest 35% of chronic pain sufferers contemplate suicide. Pain is also a costly disease as it is understood to cost the health care system billions of dollars every year.
Acupuncture has proven itself effective in dealing with pain from nearly every origin. Often times the patient feels an immediate reduction in pain once the needles are inserted.
Acupuncture deals with pain by improving blood circulation. Blood carries oxygen (qi), immune substances (wei), anti-inflammatories, and pain killers such as endorphins. Acupuncture stimulates the process of delivering all of these healing agents to the tissue or joint in need making acupuncture a powerful tool in the treatment of pain.
Acupuncture also has the ability to regulate the nervous system and therefore can take muscles out of spasm, relax overly tense muscles, improve range of motion, and reduce pain.
The following types of pain are treated effectively with acupuncture: