Acupuncture for Post Surgery Pain Providence, RI
If you have just had surgery, you probably have a long rehabilitation process ahead of you. A lot of people struggle to deal with post-surgery pain, but the truth is that there are options out there beyond taking a lot of painkillers and confining yourself to bed all day while you heal.
In fact, if your doctor allows it, light movement can help to hasten the healing process, and make it easier to cope with that post-surgery pain. Bed rest is important, but staying still too long can make your muscles atrophy, and make the rest of the rehab process much harder.
Most people’s post-surgery pain pertains to the scars and incisions that were a part of the surgery. Your doctor or surgeon will usually tell you what level of pain you can expect, how long the healing time should be, and how to take good care of yourself while you heal. It is vital that you follow their after-care instructions, especially when it comes to things like treating the wounds and keeping them clean.
You may have been prescribed antibiotics – take these according to the instructions, and do not stop taking them until the course has finished – unless you suffer severe side effects, in which case you should contact your doctor immediately.
If you have been given painkillers or other drugs, take them as well. If you are in pain and you are thinking of taking over the counter medications or supplements or herbal remedies to dull the pain, consult your doctor first – because even something as simple as a vitamin tablet could interact with the other drugs that you have been prescribed.
If you are considering alternative therapies, again, consult your doctor. For most people, acupuncture is safe, but it is always worth taking to a doctor.
How Acupuncture Relieves Pain
Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into particular areas of the body, which are called meridians. The needles help to encourage the flow of energy through the body in a healthy and efficient way.
Even people who are taking blood thinners can usually tolerate acupuncture very well, because the needles are so small that the risk of bleeding or bruising from them is minimal.
The needles alter the flow of energy and have an impact on your nerves, helping muscles to relax and reducing pain both temporarily (While the needles are in place), and for a time afterwards.
Many people who either cannot take painkillers, or who do not want to take painkillers for prolonged periods of time for chronic pain, find that regular acupuncture treatments are just as effective as opioids, with fewer risks and side effects associated with them.
Everyone copes with pain differently. Some people experience cramping and spasms, and acupuncture and massage therapies can help with that a lot. Others experience tension and persistent, dull pain. They may find that learning to relax and even engaging in some meditation can help them a lot.
Whatever you decide, know that healing from surgery takes patience and dedication, but it can be done. If your doctors give you physiotherapy exercises, be diligent about them.
Get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet, and use mindfulness exercises, meditation, and positive thinking throughout the process. Wanting to heal and being committed to a positive outcome is important.
People who have a strong support network around them, and who believe that they can get better, tend to fare better than those who go in to their surgery with a less positive outlook. The mental side of rehabilitation is half of the battle.