Pain…that persists or progresses over a long period of time. In contrast to acute pain that arises suddenly in response to a specific injury and is usually treatable, chronic pain persists over time and is often resistant to medical treatments. – http://www.medicinenet.com/
There are actually people who tell me that they’ve had pain for years and years and they’ve just decided to live with it.
You really don’t have to live with chronic pain!
One of the reasons some pain is resistant to medical treatments – medical treatments tend to target specific issues or areas of the body. As complex as the human body is, pain may not be the result of a single factor.
Think about stress. While it could be caused by a single event, say a deadline for a project, more often it’s the result of several factors. It’s the looming deadline PLUS things like knowing you’re dealing with an employee issue, experiencing financial issues at home, that your dog is sick. When it comes to pain, traditional medicine is great when that pain is localized or isolated.
For chronic pain you need to seek a more holistic approach.
In traditional terms acupuncture corrects imbalances in your body’s energy flow or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’). It works by focusing on your body as a complete system. Acupuncture improves circulation, affects neurotransmitters and hormone levels. The end result is the release of endorphins – a powerful, natural chemical which when stimulated, helps block the pain sensation.
Acupuncture adds the benefit of having few, if any side effects and can be safely used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments, massage and herbal remedies to not only to reduce the level of pain, but to effectively eliminate it. Many of my clients tell me, with regular visits they are now pain free.