Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Relief


Acupuncture involves placement of very fine needles through the skin at predefined spots on the body. The strategic placement of the needles seeks to invigorate muscles, nerves, and connective tissue. In addition, some people think that this stimulation enhances the inherent pain fighting chemicals in the body and boosts blood flow. Therefore, acupuncture is normally utilized in the treatment of pain. The practice of acupuncture is a vital constituent of traditional Chinese medicine. Here, it is described as a method for balancing the movement of energy through the body via pathways (or meridians). The act of placing miniature diameter needles into these points is believed to re-balance the movement of energy. This alternative therapy is often times used to ease the pain and discomfort that accompany an array of conditions and diseases, including: neck pain, low back pain, headaches (including migraine headaches and tension headaches), osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, chemotherapyinduced and postoperative nausea, labor pain, menstrual cramps, and dental pain. As long as you have a certified acupuncture practitioner, the risks associated with acupuncture treatment are very low. Potential complications and side effects include:


Following acupuncture treatment, you may experience pain, bruising, or even minor bleeding at the site of puncture.

Damage to organs

If needles are thrust too deeply through the skin they can potentially perforate an internal organ such as a lung. This is extremely unlikely with a knowledgeable practitioner.


The use of sterile, disposable needles is mandatory for anyone with a license to perform acupuncture.