Those suffering with chronic pain often find themselves with out many treatment options, especially when medications and other more traditional forms of pain management, have failed. “Living with chronic pain can be life altering, and not in a good way”, said Eva Bouvett-Fleka of Scottsdale, a pain patient who recently turned to acupuncture for relieve of her chronic pain stemming from a fractured pelvis suffered after an injury at work. Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that many in The Valley of the Sun are turning to as it is becoming more widely accepted as a viable treatment option for some patients with chronic pain.
How Some Doctors View Acupuncture:
According to some who provide acupuncture to their patients, the “art” of acupuncture achieves results by effectively providing stimulation to the central nervous system (tiny needles are placed in and around areas that best stimulate brain and spinal cord). This in turn provides a reaction from within the body that released chemicals that essential dull/mask pain while boosting the body’s immune system, leaving patients feeling less pain and more relaxed after treatment.
There are differences in the skill levels of those who provide acupuncture. Many with severe chronic pain conditions may want to seek out a medical provider who can administer more comprehensive acupuncture therapy, along with other forms of adjunct therapy for those with chronic pain issues.
Other treatments could include:
Chiropractic and massage. Hands on manipulation of the spine and muscles has been shown to be an effective pain treatment.
Psychological Services. Counseling can help people deal with chronic pain and associated conditions like depression, anxiety, or addiction to pain medications.
Electrical Stimulation: External TENS machines and implanted spinal cord stimulators generate electric pulses which circumvent pain signals to the brain.