Acupuncture is an essential part of our commitment to providing the healthiest methods of relieving pain and assisting with rehabilitation; we are dedicated to ensuring that patients can heal without inflicting further damage on the body (as is often the case with analgesic medications). Instead, acupuncture works to improve the health of the body during rehabilitation.
Acupuncture is well-known as a method of relieving pain. In particular, acupuncture has pain-fighting abilities that have been shown in studies to be on-par with analgesic medications, and for good reason: this healthcare specialty produces similar reactions in the brain (where pain is experienced) as some of the most popular painkillers. In particular, it affects the brain’s endogenous opioids—opiate-like substances that are produced naturally by the body. These include endorphins, which have the ability to fight pain and improve mood. Acupuncture also prompts the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for a number of functions of the brain, including the transmission of pain signals as well as emotional response.
Acupuncture also promotes the healing process by improving the circulation of blood. Spinal discs are particularly vulnerable to damage and slower healing because they have poor blood supply; acupuncture directly addresses this issue by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the site of injury while simultaneously cycling out waste chemicals which may impede rehabilitation. Furthermore, acupuncture’s calming effects can help patients to relax and allow the body to heal. Emotional distress is never conducive to the healing process.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has existed and worked effectively for thousands of years, long before modern-day, Western medicine came to a widespread acceptance of acupuncture as a very real method of easing physical and mental suffering. Practitioners of TCM hold that poor health of any kind is directly related to a blockage or imbalance of Qi , the body’s life energy. Qi is made up of two opposing forces—Yin and Yang —which must remain in a delicate balance in order for the body to experience good health. Qi runs throughout the body on meridians , pathways that correspond to specific organs (or organ groups). Acupuncture stimulates specific points along the meridians in order to ensure that Qi can flow, in perfect balance and freely, throughout the body.