These days, people are living longer lives than ever before. Unfortunately, increased longevity has meant additional suffering in the form of various age-related, painful conditions. In particular, back pain has become an almost universal part of the human experience.
Back pain can also be caused by injury (such as those experienced during an auto accident or while participating in sports activity) or from long-term poor posture. Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation offers chiropractic and physical therapy (as well as massage therapy) to address the structural causes of back pain.
Acupuncture is used as a method of reducing pain with fewer drugs while simultaneously alleviating many of the psychological issues that can affect the rehabilitation process.
Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that pain is caused by a blockage or imbalance in the body’s life energy, or Qi. When the opposing forces of Yin and Yang compete for dominance, Qi can become unbalanced, blocked, or deficient. Qi runs along pathways in the body known as meridians. By stimulating specific points along these meridians, the body can be brought into a state of healthy harmony and balance, thereby relieving both physical and emotional suffering.
Western medical studies have discovered some of the mechanisms of action that make acupuncture effective in relieving pain and easing psychological issues. It has been found that acupuncture increases levels of serotonin and endogenous opioids. One example of an endogenous opioid is endorphins—a neurotransmitter naturally produced by the body which controls the response to pain. By affecting such neurochemical changes in the brain, acupuncture offers patients a drug-free method of fighting pain, improving mood, and accelerating the healing process.
Drug-Free Pain Relief through Acupuncture in Sea Girt, NJ
It is easy to make poor choices in the face of extreme suffering. Injury and/or degeneration in any part of the back can cause both extreme pain and immobility. It’s important to note, however, that the use of both prescription and over-the-counter analgesics carries heavy risks. Long-term use can cause liver and kidney damage, gastrointestinal problems, and ulcers as well as physical dependence (depending on the particular substance).
Seeking out the healthiest methods of rehabilitation—chiropractic and physical therapy, for example—can help patients put an end to physical pain and disability. In the meantime, acupuncture is an excellent method of relieving such pain—with reduced or eliminated drug use—during rehabilitation.