Using Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

Source: Mayo Clinic, WebMD

Acupuncture, a medical therapy that involves penetrating the skin with very thin needles, can be used to treat a variety of conditions including fibromyalgia. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you are aware that it is a complicated condition to remedy. Therefore, a combination of treatment regimens is often required to control symptoms and find pain relief. If you have been unable to find a specific technique to relieve your fibromyalgia pain, it is definitely worthwhile to give acupuncture a chance.

During the acupuncture procedure, generally the needles are maintained at the point of insertion for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Further, these acupuncture treatments are adapted to the individual needs of the patients, as well as their diagnosis and concerns. Such tailoring may include:

Stimulation with heat or electric: Needles are lightly stimulated with heat or a low current of electricity, or both, following placement in the skin. 
  • Stimulation via twisting: Needles are manually moved by the practitioner’s hands during treatment.

    By manipulating the acupuncture needles in this gentle way, a considerable amount of endorphins are released into the patient’s circulation. Endorphins are natural painkillers that are inherently found in the body. Moreover, acupuncture practitioners claim that insertion of the needles also removes energy blocks in the body, which in turn reinstates the flow of energy throughout the length of the meridians, or specific energy channels, of the body.

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