ACUPUNCTURE AND PAIN
Most people experience significant pain at some point in time in their lives whether it be from an injury, illness, or an unknown cause. Pain is a warning signal and alarm that goes off when your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong and out of balance. Acupuncture acknowledges that there is a vital energy, called Qi, circulating within the body. Qi flows through a series of pathways called meridians. Meridians are like rivers within your body. Wherever a river flows, it brings with it water that provides nourishment and life to the land, plants and people around it. Likewise, meridians transport life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle, organ and gland in the body. It is important for Qi to flow freely throughout the body. However, if the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, the flow of Qi becomes restricted and a variety of symptoms including pain may arise. By inserting fine, sterile needles at specific points, an acupuncturist is able to access these vital meridians and break up blockages that have hampered the smooth flow of Qi. Once this is done, Qi can travel freely throughout the body, promoting pain-free health, well-being and vitality.
Electroacupuncture is similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously.
Electroacupuncture is especially beneficial in reducing pain.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which special cups are applied to the skin for a few minutes to create suction. This simple treatment helps with pain, inflammation, blood flow, muscle adhesions, and stagnant blood in muscle tissue.