Our experts at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine in Bellevue, WA ensure that all patients receive personalized, dedicated, and proactive healthcare. Acupuncture as a healing practice dates back to 2000 BCE, and the Chinese were the first people to use it in treatments. Acupuncture for pain management uses the notion that energy known as Qi flows through the meridians (energy pathways) in the body.
We specialize in acupuncture for treating pain because we understand that chronic pain is a global problem. Many adults experience chronic pain. There are three common chronic pain sources:
- Migraine (severe headache)
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
Pain Affects Quality of Life
Chronic pain, whether it be sciatica that runs down your leg causing numbness and tingling sensation, neck and shoulder pain that aches when you try to turn your head around, or knee pain that is making it very difficult to even stand, acupuncture can be very effective in alleviating the pain and improving the healing process.
The effects of chronic pain may trickle down to impact other areas of your life. Chronic pain may make it difficult to sleep, making it difficult to have enough energy to complete the necessary activities in daily life. This may even lead to impacts on your ability to work, causing financial strain or difficulties.
Why Choose Acupuncture for Pain Management?
Most doctors prescribe medications as the first line of chronic pain treatment. However, this may not be the preferred treatment method or an effective method for all individuals. But acupuncture is effective in reducing pain, which is the main reason it has gained worldwide popularity. Acupuncture is effective for the following conditions:
- Acute pain that does not respond to painkillers or sham needling
- Chronic lower back or headache pain
- Musculoskeletal pain, such as osteoarthritis
How Acupuncture Works
Western researchers have been studying the mechanisms underlying acupuncture for pain management for several decades. There is still more to learn about the human body, but acupuncture has already proven to be effective in activating the body’s natural opioids and enhancing the brain’s reaction to those opioids. Other pain reduction hormones, including adenosine, are also released and regulated during acupuncture stimulation.
Our acupuncture treatment is based on traditional Chinese methods, western methods, and a combination of the two techniques. You will discuss with our experts to choose the points you want to be stimulated. A typical acupuncture session lasts for 30 minutes, and most patients require regular sessions to achieve and maintain the best results.
Schedule Your Consultation!
We offer customized acupuncture treatment at our clinic. Our state-of-the-art facility provides a quiet, relaxing environment to ensure our patients receive the best treatment. Contact us today at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine in Bellevue, WA and schedule your consultation for more information about acupuncture for pain management.