Long term pain can severely impair a person’s quality of life, particularly when routine methods of managing and treating that pain fail to help. An alternative to traditional methods of pain management which has only grown in popularity is acupuncture. The practice of acupuncture — used on all kinds of ailments — dates back thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine and is based on the belief that energy in the body flows along pathways, called meridians. Blockages to this flow, the thinking goes, cause illness, while inserting hair-thin needles into the body at specific points (“acupoints”) along these pathways can unblock and restore the body’s balance and energy flow. Western medicine explains acupuncture as a possible stimulant to the nervous system, signalling the body to release things such as endorphins, immune system cells, opioids, neurotransmitters and neurohormones, which help to restore physical and emotional wellness. There is also evidence that acupuncture may influence involuntary central nervous functions, such as blood pressure, blood flow and the body’s temperature regulation, notes Joseph Audette, M.D., an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. His own research indicates “acupuncture may have some influence on reducing normal brain response to chronic pain.” When the body experiences chronic pain, he explains, the central nervous system becomes sensitized, sometimes reacting to stimuli that are no longer actually there. “Acupuncture can reverse that.”
A holistic and natural treatment such as acupuncture can treat a wide range of injuries and conditions such as the following: sports injuries, back pain, knee pain; shoulder issues, immune response, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia & sciatica.