Acupuncture treatments can help almost anybody. As one of the most versatile healing methods known to man, acupuncture treatment can ease physical and emotional ailments ranging from chronic lifelong pain to seasonal depression.
Acupuncture works by stimulating different points of the body with needles to encourage energy (or chi) flow along lines in the body known as meridians. Acupuncture lessens pain and promotes relaxation through the unblocking of energy and restoring its natural flow. This restoration stimulates the the release of natural pain fighting endorphins and can be helpful in the treatment of various conditions.
In this blog post, we’ll go over some conditions that can be treated with acupuncture at CIMH here in Providence, RI.
Stress and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety can leave you feeling overwhelmed and not able to be yourself. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat stress and anxiety. While traditional therapists have their place, they are often not always effective on their own.
By focusing on key points around your body, the natural flow of oxygen, blood, and energy can be restored. The positive effects of certain hormones will help you reduce stress.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a common condition affecting people young and old alike. High blood pressure occurs when blood is flowing through your arteries more quickly than it should be. Generally, it is more common with people who are overweight, inactive, heavy drinkers, and older people. A family history of high blood pressure or heart disease can also be a contributing factor
Having high blood pressure can cause a number of issues for your health if left untreated, including:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Vision problems
- Kidney failure
Acupuncture can help treat high blood pressure by redirecting the flow of energy to promote relaxation and reduce your stress level.
Back, Knee, and Shoulder Pain
Having pain in your back, knees, or shoulder can hinder your ability to live your life. Whether it was caused by a car accident, sports injury, or other trauma, the pain can be hard to live with.
While a lot of pain treatment centers around covering up the pain, acupuncture attempts to solve the issue at the root by harnessing the body’s own natural healing power to resolve the pain. Acupuncturists will first identify the area which is causing the pain, and then use needles in key points in those areas to increase blood flow and release chi to the area.
Chronic pain can be caused by any number of issues. Improperly healed injuries, nerve damage, and spinal cord issues can all be the root cause. In all cases, life is hard to deal with when suffering through it. Depression, increased stress, and insomnia are all more likely when dealing with chronic pain.
Acupuncture helps to both relieve the root cause, and also the mental aspect of the pain. When acupuncture is applied, meridians are triggered, helping the flow of energy around the body.
This helps reduce the inflammation causing physical pain, as well as relaxing muscles and stimulating nerves. This will provide temporary relief from your pain, with the possibility of long term pain reduction if acupuncture therapy continues.
Another advantage to acupuncture for treating chronic pain is that it does not have the side-effects, or addictive quality, of opioids.
Arthritis is a common and often misunderstood condition. Though it is most commonly associated with older people, people of all ages suffer from arthritis. Common symptoms are a decreased range of motion, pain, and stiffness.
Acupuncture aims to take a holistic approach to treating arthritis by attempting to treat the individual based on their specific pain. Since arthritis symptoms are so specific to each individual, it is necessary for an acupuncturist to treat you based on your specific pain. Acupuncture is a great option for older patients experiencing arthritis, as it does not interfere with any other treatments or medications they might be taking.
Similar to anxiety and depression, insomnia (habitual sleeplessness) can cause you to not feel like yourself. Often you can treat insomnia simply by changing personal habits and improving sleep hygiene. Unfortunately, this does not help everybody.
Fortunately, acupuncture can help! After a acupuncture session you will likely feel relaxed. sing acupuncture to treat your insomnia is a more holistic way to achieve restful sleep than prescription medications.
Acupuncture is often used throughout a pregnancy to help ease the stress – both physical and mental – that giving birth to a child causes. Acupuncture can help balance hormones, reduce stress and anxiety, and ease the pain of pregnancy and labor. While there are a few pressure points an acupuncturist will avoid during pregnancy, acupuncture is a very safe and non-invasive way to help treat issues during a pregnancy.
In addition to during pregnancy and labor, acupuncture will also help with postpartum stress and anxiety. Acupuncture offers great benefits for new moms, helping with any depression or hormone imbalances you might have. It is also safe to practice while breastfeeding.
1 in 6 families are affected by infertility. The cause is often difficult to find, leaving families feeling helpless.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat infertility. In addition to lowering stress levels, it can also help promote blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. It also helps with issues affecting fertility, such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Migraines and Headaches
Migraine headaches can bring your day to a screeching halt. When suffering from a migraine, light and sound make matters worse, essentially forcing you to shut down whatever you are doing.
While migraine headaches should not be treated via points on the head, acupuncture can be utilized to help reduce pressure and increase blood flow throughout the body to help with migraines. Reducing stress will also help assist in the treatment of the migraine.
CIMH Can Help
Are you having trouble with any of these conditions and think acupuncture can help? Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and health evaluation.