Life can be hell with chronic muscles and joints pain. Acupuncture can be a good option if all other standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises fail to relieve you from the pain.
There has been a lot of discussion on this that is acupuncture really effective on chronic pain. As suggested by the researches from international team of experts, that it really provides a lot of relief from pain. The results pooled out of 29 studies involving 18000 participants showed about 50% pain is relieved by this acupuncture and were published in Archives of Internal Medicine.
Though this is one of the best quality studies till date and has made a great impact, but these are not the last words on this topic.
The benefit of this treatment is very clear and as compared to other medication its complications and adverse effects are least.
How does it work?
The thin needles like hairs is inserted into the skin at specific points around the body. Read here about acupuncture. It is not at all painful if done by specialist. We can correct imbalances in the flow of energy in the body through inserting the needles, this process is called qi (pronounced “chee”). Acupuncture can remove the pain by affecting neurotransmitters, hormone levels, or the immune system.
This process should not always be the first step. It is recommended to first get diagnosed to know the cause and then if applicable go for acupuncture.
- Duration- Weekly treatments are recommended in the beginning and then the duration can be increased.
- Cost- This treatment can go from $65 to $125 per session. Private insurance companies generally don’t pay for this nor do Medicare or Medicaid.