Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Providence, RI
Chronic pain is defined as any type of pain that lasts for more than six months. Chronic pain is a surprisingly common condition, and it can be caused by any number of issues – from injuries that did not heal properly, to spinal cord issues which interfere with other nerves in the body.
The most common way of managing long-term pain is to use opioid treatments, however these do not always work, and there can be some rather unpleasant side-effects. Some people end up becoming dependent on opioids, too.
There are some psychological treatments which can help people to cope with chronic pain – they will not reduce the pain itself, sadly, but they can help to make it easier for the person to accept their condition, and therefore also improve their quality of life.
For a lot of people, long-term pain can cause other problems – increased stress, poor sleep quality, more anxiety, and an increased risk of depression are all likely. For this reason, it is important that the source of the pain is determined.
The two main causes are nociceptive pain and neuropathic pain. In nociceptive pain, inflammation or damage to tissue near the site of the pain is what causes the sensation. In neuropathic pain, the issue is caused by damage to the nervous system itself.
Sometimes, changes in diet and lifestyle can reduce inflammation, and therefore help to reduce the pain that someone is experiencing. This is often the case with things like arthritis – simply removing inflammation causing foods from the diet can help.
For those who have neuropathic pain, however, other treatments can be necessary. Acupuncture is something that can be surprisingly effective. Acupuncture works by triggering the meridians, and helping the flow of energy around the body.
This can help to reduce inflammation, relax muscles, and stimulate nerves, offering immediate temporary relief from pain as well as long term pain reduction in many cases as well.
It is important that you speak to a doctor if you are experiencing pain that lasts longer than a few days. The doctor will be able to rule out serious health conditions.
If a doctor tells you that they do not know what is causing your pain, or that the cause of the pain cannot be cured – the pain can only be managed – then that is where things like acupuncture and massage therapy come in. They can free people from pain for a time, and give them a chance to enjoy a normal life, without needing to take a cocktail of drugs every day.
Some people find that pain in one area can cause pain in another – they have a bad back, so they change their posture, and this causes neck pain, for example. Acupuncture can help with this, because it gives them the relief they need to enjoy more free movement, and this means that they get the chance to get out of the bad habits that they had developed.
Acupuncture treatments will need to be repeated regularly for the best results, but that is to be expected, and it is still a great alternative to taking medication. Opioids can be addictive and people can build up a tolerance to them, and NSAIDs can often cause stomach problems.
Rather than committing to taking drugs for months or years, it makes sense to look for non-invasive, long lasting and non-dependency causing ways of managing your pain. With the right lifestyle choices and treatment, it is possible to get your life back and to feel fit, healthy and active once again.
Migraine, Chronic Pain & Neck Arthritis
Prior to acupuncture treatment I suffered from regular headaches, neck pain, depression, and anxiety.
Acupuncture relieved my neck pain and helped me to feel more relaxed, hopeful and happy. I changed my diet by reducing the amount of processed sugar I consumed. I was also able to stop taking my migraine medication with no adverse consequence. Treatment with acupuncture and herbal therapy has made me feel much better overall and given me a more optimistic outlook on my future.
Believe in acupuncture. It’s like the oil change for your car; if you don’t do it your car breaks down. Acupuncture reaches the core of all body processes balancing them out and therefore, keeping you in better health. It’s a must-do for me.
— Heidi G., Providence, RI
Insomnia, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Pain & Hot Flashes
I will admit when I was first approached by my hair stylists’ husband to think about trying acupuncture I was quite skeptical about the idea. His dad comes here and is still treating. My friend gave me Dr. Tad’s number and explained the consultation and initial exam were free. I figured, really, what do have to lose except possibly one hour of my time. I kept the phone number but never called. Finally, after about one month or so of continuing to get worse, I called and scheduled for a consultation. Again, not knowing if I was going to believe if this treatment style was for me, I booked my initial three appointments. After those appointments, I started to feel a change in my sleep – for the better. Also, because I was sleeping, my energy level increased and I felt less irritable. Okay. So I started to believe that this might be for me. So I signed on to a treatment plan always keeping in the back of my mind that I can cancel at any time. After the first session of appointments, I started to feeling an improvement to my fibromyalgia symptoms (excessive fatigue and aching from head to toe 24/7). I remember Dr. Tad saying that things might get worse before I see or feel an improvement but hang in there and don’t get discouraged because this will work for you. I will admit that there were days and sometimes weeks that I felt worse than when I originally came here. I would arrive for my appointments and I would stand and pace the waiting area and be crying I was so uncomfortable. Nothing helped me!! The thought of giving up was always on my mind … but I would always remember his initial statement, “things may get worse before better and I feel real results.” So I figured these days and weeks were worse so things had to get better. I am now past treating for six months and I am happy to say I’m glad I hung in there. My health has improved immensely. Not just physically but mentally as well. My outlook on alternative medicine is defiantly positive and I am a true believer that it works. I have even referred two friends and they are doing great too!!!
I am glad to get rid of all of my prescription medicines and living a fulfilled life. We are presently working on my psoriasis issues and occasionally my sleepless nights return, but I know continued treatment will take care of these issues.
Thank you Dr. Tad and your friendly work team for a job well done!
— Theresa C., Rehoboth, MA