Chronic joint pain can be difficult to manage. In addition to the discomfort it causes, it can also lead to mobility issues, sleep problems, and a long list of associated problems. Traditional medicine can go a long way toward managing joint pain, but there are some alternative medicine options that some people use. One of those options is acupuncture.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an important part of medical practice in some areas of the world, and it’s being used more and more in the United States for chronic pain. Many patients find significant pain relief from acupuncture – without the side effects some people experience with medication.
Acupuncture uses sterilized needles, heat, and pressure to specific points on the body. The pressure from the needles is thought to invigorate the joints and redirect the body’s natural energy to restore proper functioning. One article in the journal Practical Pain Management said that the pain relief associated with acupuncture seems to come from inactivating the source of pain and changing levels of endorphins (the feel good body chemicals).
What are the benefits of acupuncture for pain management?
There have been several studies that show acupuncture works well on chronic pain, such as the joint pain that’s common with osteoarthritis and chronic back and neck issues. The National Institute of Health (NIH) states that, “acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider.”
In addition to possibly helping reduce your joint pain, acupuncture may have other benefits as well, including:
- Improved sleep
- Increased energy
- Better mental clarity
- Reduced stress
And all these things can help reduce your pain perception and increase your tolerance for pain.
When used as part of an overall pain management strategy, acupuncture may offer benefits without many side effects.
Pain Management at Beaumont
Beaumont's Centers for Pain Medicine use the latest technology and pain management procedures to help patients with all forms of pain. We provide holistic treatment, individually tailored to meet each person’s pain management needs. Using the latest technology and often incorporating alternative therapy and physical therapy in our pain management programs, we offer interventions to reduce pain severity, improve quality of life, and increase physical functioning.
Make an appointment
If you’re experiencing any type of pain, we can help. Pain management specialists at Beaumont are committed to delivering the highest quality of integrated care.
To schedule an appointment, call Beaumont Integrative Medicine at 248-964-9200.