Chronic pain can make life absolutely miserable. It can affect muscles and joints, and standard treatments tend to be ice, heat, medication, physical therapy and appropriate exercises. But a growing number of people are turning to acupuncture as a proven form of relief. While there’s been substantial debate on how effective acupuncture really is, a growing number of studies have shown that it does provide genuine relief from pain.

So how does acupuncture work? An acupuncturist will insert thin and flexible needles into the skin at specific points on the body. When performed correctly, the insertion of the needles is virtually painless. It has been thought that the placement of the needles corrects imbalances in the flow of energy within the body. In Western scientific terms, acupuncture is thought to reduce pain by affecting either neurotransmitters, the immune system or hormonal levels. One of the reasons acupuncture is enjoying a resurgence as a treatment option is the growing concern with side effects caused by medications. For example, the painkiller drug Vioxx was approved for use by the FDA in 1999. But it was formally recalled in 2004 due to side effects which caused heart attacks and deaths.

More and more people are flocking to holistic treatment options for chronic pain. If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, contact Advanced Integrative, your local pain management specialists. Whether you’re experiencing mild discomfort or recurring pain, our team has the know-how and years of experience to help. Contact us today for a free quote.