Acupuncture Treatment Springfield, IL

How Can You Use Acupuncture for Chronic Pain?

For some, using acupuncture for chronic pain may seem like some strange, exotic treatment method far outside of the mainstream medical community. But for over 3 million Americans, acupuncture is a viable methodology for managing and illuminating chronic pain.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 2,500-year-old healing methodology that applies needles, heat, pressure and other treatments to the skin in order to alleviate or eliminate bodily distress. Using acupuncture for chronic pain can be a highly effective method to bring about healing and perfect health. A study in 2012 found that using acupuncture for chronic pain had a better result for patients versus those that did not use acupuncture. This study was lauded by the National Institute of Health as “the most rigorous evidence to date that acupuncture may be helpful for chronic pain.“

How does acupuncture work?

Traditional Chinese medicine has determined specific acupoints, or meridians, areas throughout the body that relate to various aspects of our health. When manipulated, these areas can release or alter the flow of energy (known as chi or qi) throughout the body. It is believed that when chi is not balanced, pain and poor health can occur. Acupuncture aims to balance that energy by putting 10 to 20 thin needles at various points along the body‘s major meridians.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Typically acupuncture used is used to alleviate pain, not cause it. The needles are very thin and should not cause pain when inserted by an experienced acupuncturist.

Are these special acupuncture needles?

The FDA classifies and regulates acupuncture needles as a medical device and calls for them to be ‘sterile, non-toxic and labeled for single use.’

Dr. Sean McCaffrey uses acupuncture for chronic pain as a part of a holistic regimen for many of his patients. The mainstream medical community has steered many of their patients down a dangerously addictive path by overmedicating them with opioids–codeine, morphine, OxyContin, Percocet or Vicodin. Dr. Sean explains, “ People are now waking up to see what a terrible cycle of medicating more and more and at higher and higher dosages with no actual healing going on.  In our practice, we are helping our patients find healing and perfect health by advocating (among other things) using acupuncture for chronic pain. Acupuncture provides a highly credible alternative for handling chronic pain and will go a long way in helping people find a relief they are looking for without adding to this country’s terrible prescription drug epidemic.”

Acupuncture works to increase the flow of energy throughout the body by tapping into our nervous system, which means that using acupuncture for chronic pain can be a strong solution for many of the following issues:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Allergies
  • Chronic headaches
  • Migraines
  • Digestive problems
  • Degenerative joint disease/osteoarthritis
  • Neurological disorders (like Parkinson’s or ALS)
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Infertility
  • Shingles
  • Rash/inflammation
  • Fiber myalgia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Side effects of chemotherapy
  • Hot flashes
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Got Chronic Pain?

If you are considering using acupuncture for chronic pain, make sure you choose a highly experienced acupuncturist who has strong credentials. The typical “pin cushion” images show where acupuncture needles have been inserted into the skin of a specific acupoint to release endorphins and manipulate the brain chemical serotonin. These needles can be inserted anywhere in the body–the hands, the feet, even on the head! With some acupuncture treatments, the needles maybe twirled, heated or otherwise manipulated to stimulate the nerves. Those needles can be kept in place for up to 30 minutes during treatment, and the typical course of treatment using acupuncture for chronic pain will include up to 12 sessions over a 6 to 8 week period.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, you may want to consider acupuncture as a part of a larger treatment regimen. McCaffrey Health Center would be happy to help you alleviate pain and find perfect health.