Can Needles Actually Relieve Pain?
If you’ve never heard of acupuncture therapy, the thought of someone inserting needles into your skin might sound pretty terrifying! The truth is though, this kind of therapy isn’t meant to cause pain — it’s meant to relieve it.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, acupuncture therapy could be a great solution to your problem. Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate the endorphin system which can result in reduced pain and inflammation.
Interested in learning more about acupuncture and how it could relieve your pain? Contact Lake Country Physiotherapy in Orillia today for more information. We’ll have you feeling better in no time.
What Is Acupuncture, & How Does It Work?
Although this might be your first time learning about it, acupuncture therapy is nothing new. According to Healthline, it’s been studied and practiced for over 2,500 years! Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate the endorphin system which can result in reduced pain and inflammation. It can also help a multitude of conditions, including arthritis, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, sprains, strokes, and chronic pain in many areas of the body.
Acupuncture is a method of treatment used to stimulate areas with many nerves, and relieve pain and symptoms of many different conditions by inserting small needles into “trigger points” on the skin. Trigger points are tight bands of skeletal muscles inside of a larger group of muscles.
Through acupuncture, many different organs, tissues, muscles, and functions of the body can be positively affected. Our physiotherapists at Lake Country Physiotherapy use this method of treatment to improve range of motion, relieve pain and inflammation, and release muscle tension.
What Should I Expect With Acupuncture Therapy?
Most acupuncture sessions last around an hour to two hours. Everyone responds differently to treatment, however, at your initial consultation, your physiotherapist will be able to do a conclusive assessment of your condition. He or she will then create a treatment plan for you, which will be tailored to your individual needs.
Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three. It’s important to remember that everyone’s pain condition is different, and so their acupuncture treatment will be as well.
The response rate to acupuncture treatment is high, especially for patients with pain of musculoskeletal origin or headaches. The complication and side effect rate is extremely low. It’s certainly worth giving our team a call today to discuss your options, and see acupuncture is the right choice for you.
Physiotherapists who incorporate acupuncture in their practice must complete postgraduate clinical education through institutions recognized by their regulatory body. Rest assured that you will be in great hands at Lake Country Physiotherapy.
Acupuncture is an effective method for alleviating chronic pain and other symptoms that results from muscle tension, but it is not something that can be practiced at home or without a registered and experienced acupuncturist.
Contact Lake Country Physiotherapy for an appointment and to find out how this form of treatment may be able to support your optimal wellbeing.