Chronic pain is complex condition. Based on the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), within a previous three-month period, 25 million U.S. adults had daily chronic pain, and 23 million more reported severe pain. Those with serious pain need and use more health care services and suffer greater disability then persons with less severe pain.
Some cases of chronic pain can be traced to a specific injury that has long since healed, for example, an injury, a serious infection, or even a surgical incision. Other cases have no apparent cause -- no prior injury and an absence of underlying tissue damage. However, many cases of chronic pain are related to these conditions:
Chronic pain is not a problem that should be ignored. "Pain is the body's red alert that something is wrong," says Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. "You must always listen to it."
Unfortunately, in today's society, the warning signal from our body is most often ignored or treated improperly. People would like their pain taken away immediately. They most often choose fast and temporary over long lasting quality solutions. People often prefer to silence their warning system with pain killers, such as oioids, and ignore the message their body is desperately trying to communicate to them until the point of major crisis or total loss.
U.S. citizens, while making up less than 5 percent of the world population, use 80 percent of its opioids. An opioid is a medication that relieves pain by blocking signals to the brain. Often times, it affects brain areas that also control emotions. Pain medications simply mask your symptoms; they don't treat the root cause of your pain.
In 2014, 47,055 Americans died of drug overdoses, almost 15,000 more than were killed in car accidents. 28,647 of those overdoses, or about 60%, were linked to opioids. About 50 Americans die each day from prescription painkillers.
Acupuncture originates from China and has been used to treating pain for thousands of years.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient's skin at specific points on the body. - the needles are inserted to various depths and angles. The points lie along channels of energy in the body called meridians. The acupuncture points have electrical properties, which affect chemical neurotransmitters in the body. Acupuncture treatment balances energy, improves circulation, releases endorphins, cortisol, serotonin, making it particularly effective for pain control and avoid serious side effects..
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published an Acupuncture NIH Consensus Statement in 1997, which noted that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain and an adjunct treatment in situations.
After taking a detailed history of your health and tracing symptoms to patterns of an underlying pain and disharmony, we plan a course of treatment that
includes acupuncture, acupressure, and other necessary therapies to address your specific pain issues. Because Chinese Medicine is tailored to each individual, your acupuncture sessions may be completely different from your friend's, even if you both have the same pain symptoms. This is totally different from western medician treatmen because Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the individual's root cause of pain, not the symptoms, thus enables best results.
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