Chronic Pain Relief Specialist
Carol McDermott, A.P., Doctor of Oriental Medicine
What does the Science Say?
Acupuncture can help with pain,
Studies find Acupuncture gets thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches, and arthritis....
According to the Archives study by Memorial Sloan-Kettering, acupuncture does result in a pain relief benefit over sham acupuncture for chronic back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, and headache — and its effectiveness over standard treatment without acupuncture is much greater.
“This has major implications for clinical practice,” Dr. Vickers says. “Our findings provide the most-robust evidence to date that doctors are justified in making referrals to acupuncture for their patients with chronic pain. I hope that our findings help inform future clinical and policy decisions for acupuncture.”
Acupuncture May Offer Real Relief for Chronic Pain
Some people swear that regular sessions of acupuncture help relieve their back pain and headaches. And now there’s evidence they may be right.
Acupuncture is an extremely powerful and effective approach to treat pain for several reasons:
1. Resolves pain by affecting several different pain pathways and healing responses in the body.
2. It decreases pain levels as it stimulates the body’s healing responses.
3. Pain is decreased without experiencing the addictive and other side effects of current pharmaceutical pain medications.
4. Acupuncture effectively addresses both the physical, psychic and emotional aspects of pain.
Studies Indicate Acupuncture effectively:
Increases endorphin levels —- your bodies natural painkillers
Diminishes nervous system pain response
Decreases inflammation and swelling
Relaxes muscles and stops muscle spasms
Increases circulation and blood flow to local areas
Increases range of motion
Promotes relaxation in anxious patients