Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain in the neck and back. Whether caused by poor posture, diseases like arthritis, a sports injury, or an accident, chronic pain can be debilitating and can make even the most routine tasks incredibly difficult. Medication is often not enough to provide full relief because it only masks the symptoms rather than addressing the cause. Fortunately, alternative treatment options exist.
Acupuncture is an increasingly popular form of treatment for chronic back and neck pain. This ancient and proven form of Chinese medicine has been used for over 2,500 years and is now a widely accepted way to help people find natural and drug-free relief from their pain. Acupuncture uses sterilized, hair-thin needles to stimulate the body’s central nervous system and help correct the body’s natural flow of energy. The procedure is virtually painless and can be highly effective.
Acupuncture is thought to have the following effects on the body:
- It stimulates the body’s natural electromagnetic points. Inserting needles into areas that are conductors of electromagnetic signals can help the flow of natural endorphins, which can reduce the sensation of pain.
- It releases opioids in the brain. The precise insertion of needles throughout the back and neck can release opioid chemicals in the brain, providing a natural painkilling effect.
- It alters the secretion of hormones. Acupuncture is believed to activate the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, which affect the way the brain secretes neurohormones and neurotransmitters. This can have a positive effect on the immune system and change the way the body experiences pain.
Interested in trying acupuncture? Contact Manhattan Sports Therapy at (646) 798-1330 for more information and to schedule an appointment.