September: Pain Awareness Month
Many people are living in chronic pain thinking that the only options for managing their pain are over the counter medications like Tylenol, Advil, and Aspirin or highly addictive prescription medications. Not so! The National Institute of Health compiled the data from studies on acupuncture in the treatment of chronic pain and found it to be effective for many chronic pain conditions including low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, knee pain, and headaches. In addition, the NIH concluded that acupuncture incurs a much lower risk of side effects than medication or other interventions (1).
In regards to acute injuries and tight muscles, many folks are probably racking those up this summer while having a blast in the beautiful weather! Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) are the most common recommendations for healing an injury, but many people don’t know that there’s more you can do. Furthermore, sometimes RICE isn’t enough and injuries don’t heal as quickly as we’d like. Just as acupuncture can help with chronic pain, it can be wonderful for the pain of acute and subacute injuries as well as tight muscles It also helps to promote healing of injuries by bringing blood flow to the area.
One other super beneficial scenario for which to consider acupuncture is after a motor vehicle accident. Not only is acupuncture covered by motor vehicle personal injury protection coverage, but it can also be very helpful in recovery from whiplash, concussions, and the emotional trauma of car accidents.
So if you find yourself in pain from a herniated disc, tennis elbow, a sprained ankle, whiplash, or XYZ other cause, acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy to reduce your pain and speed up healing.
Check your insurance benefits to see if you have coverage!
If not, at Hood to Coast Healthcare, we have discount packages to make a series of treatments more affordable so that you get the healing you need.
You can call or use the website to book an appointment.