Acupuncture For the Relief of Pain
I have a confession.
When I see a Pain patient on my schedule, I get a little excited. Sounds weird, I know, but acupuncture can be such a quick fix with pain that I take one look at my hunched, cringing patient and think to myself “You’re going to feel better really soon”. It’s very satisfying.
I saw someone recently who strained herself with heavy lifting. She didn’t realize it at the time, but slowly over the course of the afternoon, her lower back seized up until eventually, she was barely able to stand. The pain was bad enough that she finally had to take a leave of absence from work. In my observation, people don’t like to stop working, and they don’t like interrupting their normal daily tasks, especially because of pain. They tend to push through the pain until it’s no longer possible. That’s usually when I get a call. In this particular situation, we treated with acupuncture for two sessions per week for two weeks. By the end of the third treatment, she was back at work, and after two weeks, she was feeling completely normal.
This example is by no means unusual. In fact, in Canada, four out of five adults will have an episode of back pain in their lives. In 85% of cases, unfortunately, no cause is ever found. Contributing factors for this type of unexplained back pain are varied. For example, poor muscle tone (in the back and the core abdominal muscles), obesity, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and even chronic stress and depression can contribute to back pain.
Whatever the cause, there are few conventional treatments that offer relief. The first line of intervention is usually drugs, often starting with acetaminophen. The drug and the dose will change as the condition either improves or deteriorates. Failing that, the next step is often surgery. This is where acupuncture can offer a truly remarkable alternative, as it relieves pain without the side effects of either drugs or surgery.
If I could inspire folks toward one thing, it would be to not seek treatment as soon as possible, and not procrastinate. I often see people who have suffered for many years with the same pain. They have tried many other therapies and interventions. These are the “last resorters” of the acupuncture world, only coming to see me after they’ve exhausted all other resources.
My recommendation is to seek treatment as soon as you find your pain interrupting your life in any way. For example, trouble sleeping through the night due to pain, or having to change your job, or take time off. The sooner you come in, the more quickly you will have relief.
If you have any questions about your own situation, call the clinic and book in for a free 15-minute consultation.