Acupuncture is not something that all people think of to aid their health conditions with, yet it has been used for centuries to treat illness and pain. You may shy away from acupuncture as it is a treatment that uses the insertion of needles to relieve pain by identifying key points on your body, but it is extremely beneficial.
Acupuncture can assist with a number of medical conditions as well as act as an alternative to medication. If you are hesitant at the thought of using needles to ease your pain or assist with a number of health issues consider these five benefits of acupuncture treatment:
More and more people are turning to acupuncture as it allows you to use an alternative form of medicine when other than drugs fail to relieve pain. Drug use for pain can lead to a life time of dependency on medication, and in some cases even addiction. Interestingly, patients have also found that acupuncture increases the performance of medication allowing them to take lower doses.
Acupuncture releases endorphins that results in natural pain relief. The release of neurotransmitters that send nerve impulses to the brain during acupuncture can also provide a number of benefits such as a positive influence on the autonomic nervous system.
Acupuncture also stimulates and clears the electrical currents of the body and improves blood circulation assisting in a number of issues.
Acupuncture has been proven to aid in the relief of many common complaints such as headaches, sprains and strains, neck & back pain, joint pain as well as a number of health conditions and illnesses from chronic sinusitis to asthma and trigeminal neuralgia to Meniere’s disease and Fibromyalgia.
It might seem hard to imagine that acupuncture can aid with weight loss but it can. Studies performed in Korea found that acupuncture in hand with a healthy diet and exercise was more effective as a weight loss aid than a healthy diet and exercise alone. It is certainly worth a try if you have been struggling with weight loss and it would require only one treatment per week in hand with a healthy lifestyle regime.
These are just five examples of how acupuncture can be of benefit to patients. If you are suffering from any of these issues or other health problems, it might be worth discussing it with your physiotherapist at Pro Care Physiotherapy & Athletes’ Injury Center as our registered physiotherapists are also certified acupuncture practitioners in Ottawa.