Pain Management & Pain Relief with Acupuncture
Most people will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. There is an increase in neck and shoulder pain, headaches and knee pain because of the lifestyle we live more intense lives in NYC. It is estimated that 75% of the population is experiencing some sort of pain condition. Finding a pain management specialist to help with healing your pain condition can be a challenge and you want to find the right treatment options and the best way to relieve your pain and restore your mobility. This is especially true when getting acupuncture for pain management.
Is acupuncture effective for pain?
Acupuncture is the most effective way to treat pain conditions with because it not only addresses the symptoms of pain but also supports the body's natural healing abilities. According to an NIH study one of the crucial benefits of acupuncture is that it can facilitate the release of certain neuropeptides in the central nervous system (CNS), eliciting profound physiological effects and even activating self-healing mechanisms. Conventional treatment for pain such as pain killers, surgery, and physical therapy go only so far, because they are "fixing" a part of the body, but missing addressing the "whole" of the condition within that person.
Long after an initial injury occurrs, acupuncture treatments can relieve pain, increase blood flow to the area and improve mobility and stability. Increasing blood flow helps to flush out the lactic acid and other metabolic waste that can cause inflammation, pain and stiffness. Working with an acupuncturist with expertise in the treatment of pain, can address the lingering 20-25% of an injury that has not fully healed, restoring the structural efficiency back to the body.
How often should you get acupuncture?
This is a great question; and the answer is it depends. Acupuncture works in a series of treatments, you can never have treatments too close together but you can have them spread too far apart. Acupuncture works cumulatively and we want to continue to build progress beyond the before you were you started to experience pain.
We all lead very active lifestyles and naturally injuries can occur when too much strain is put on your body. For the most part, when this happens, if we don’t fully heal the injury in the first place, if we keep going, “working through” the pain, or even worse ignore it, we set ourselves up for more serious or complicated problems later on. Months or years later, you may still have a “bad knee” or a “bad back” - an old injury that acts up from time to time. Lingering pain is your body telling you that it has not fully healed and that there is weakness.
Increase range of motion and improve strength
Acupuncture activates the muscle by stimulating the proprioceptive reflexes (the communication of nerve fibers with the muscles). Improving the nerve-to-muscle response leads to better coordination and muscle strength; this translates to enhanced performance.
Increase blood flow and improve circulation
Even the most active individuals in this modern age often spend long hours everyday sitting in front of a computer, reducing the circulation and blood flow in the body.
Sitting for long periods of time shortens muscles and starves the body of nutrient and oxygen-rich blood. Acupuncture works by helping to increase blood and lymph flow to the body and muscle tissue, relieving the symptoms created by modern life and reducing risk of injury when you do hit the gym after work. Acupuncture facilitates a speedy recovery from injury, and regular treatments can prevent injuries from happening in the first place.
Overdid it at the gym? Lingering muscle pain? Want to take your training to the next level?
Acupuncture helps to clean up tissue-damaging free radicals and stimulates the autonomic nervous system, enabling the body to enter deep relaxation and a natural “healing state”. In this state the body produces growth hormones for muscle and tissue repair. Acupuncture provides a full-body "reset" so that you can train more effectively and without injury.
While everyone experiences some level of stress; excessive stress can be damaging physically and psychologically. For athletes, loss of focus and drive can lead to injury. Acupuncture relieves stress by enhancing mind-body awareness and facilitating complete relaxation and rejuvenation. Mind-body awareness helps you to achieve personal and professional success and, for serious competitors, can be the difference between an amateur and professional athlete.
Sports Medicine Acupuncture®
Athletes (or simply people who lead active lifestyles) are great candidates for Sports Medicine Acupuncture®. Professional teams and Olympic athletes in New York and around the world are treated to enhance performance and treat sports related injuries in our office. Acupuncture facilitates a speedy recovery from injury, and regular treatments can prevent injuries from happening in the first place.
Maintaining physical well being is especially important in a big city like New York where people are constantly on the go; working, walking, biking, running for the train and meeting friends. It’s easy to lead an athletic lifestyle without even trying. Whether you’re a professional athlete in serious training, a weekend warrior or an active person, sports medicine acupuncture can help you.