Acupuncture Treatment to Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain
Acupuncture, a non-medication, medical therapy that involves penetrating the skin with very thin needles, can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a complicated medical condition; therefore, a combination of treatment regimens is often required to control symptoms and reduce pain. If an individual has a pain management plan in place and fibromyalgia pain is still an issue, finding a certified acupuncture practitioner and trying acupuncture treatment is worthwhile.
Acupuncture involves a certified acupuncturist strategically inserting very fine, thin needles into exact points in the skin. Needles are maintained at the point of insertion for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Treatments are adapted to an individual’s diagnosis, needs and concerns. Acupuncture treatments may also include the following:
- Stimulation with heat or electricity: Needles are slightly stimulated with heat or a low current of electricity, or both, following placement in the skin.
- Stimulation via manipulation: Needles are gently moved by the practitioner’s hands during treatment. By manipulating the acupuncture needles, endorphins are released in the body. Endorphins are natural painkillers.
Research shows that acupuncture may actually change the chemistry of the brain resulting in higher pain tolerance. However, if an individual’s fibromyalgia pain is not reduced within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be a good treatment choice.