Pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. In fact, some cite musculoskeletal pain as the number one reason for missed days at school and work. In some cases, pain can be helpful, by alerting you to possible injury. But pain is often chronic and an impediment to optimal wellness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 20% of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Juvenate Healing in Tempe offers a range of techniques to help those suffering from pain.
Acupuncture and pain relief
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at specific “acupoints.” This may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood. Studies have found that acupuncture can alleviate the awareness of pain.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports the use of acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for relieving pain from conditions like fibromyalgia, post-operative pain, osteoarthritis, and myofascial pain. In addition, acupuncture is associated with a lower risk of adverse events than those associated with drugs or other medical intervention.
Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headachesU.S Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Laser therapy and pain relief
Laser therapy– also referred to as cold laser therapy or low-level laser therapy (LLLT)- is a low intensity light therapy. The light is in a wavelength in the red to near infrared range because these wavelengths have the ability to penetrate skin, and soft/hard tissues and are proven in clinical trials to have a good effect on pain, inflammation and tissue repair. The light triggers biochemical changes within cells. These changes have short, medium and long term effects on pain.
In the short term, the light causes a neural blockade of the peripheral and sympathetic nerves and the release of neuromuscular contractions that reduce muscle spasms. In the medium term, there is a reduction in swelling and inflammation. And in the long term, there can be improved tissue healing.
A 2009 study published in the Lancet considered previous research on laser therapy for neck pain and concluded there was a positive benefit.
LLLT reduces pain immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain.The Lancet, Volume 374, Issue 9705, 5–11 December 2009, Pages 1897-1908
What kinds of pain can acupuncture and laser therapy address?
Some of the most frequent conditions we see in our patients include:
- Back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Foot pain including from Neuropathy
- Nerve pain including from Sciatica