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Acupuncture for pain management

Everybody experiences some pain or discomfort during their lifetime. Acupuncture will help to improve acute and chronic pain problems. Acupuncture stimulates the brain to release chemicals (hormones) that act like natural opiates. Acupuncture can stimulate the brain to produce endorphin release, (an endorphin is a natural pain relief substance which make us feel good) so after treatment you will feel more calm and relaxed.

Lejla Fazlicic


  • LejlaLejla Posts: 2
    edited 02/24/2014 - 6:24 AM

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  • My PT did acupuncture on my back. I didn't notice any difference in my pain.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    First, to Lejla, you can not give out medical advice as you did with acupuncture. That treatment may not help everyone. Your statements make it seem like acupuncture is the best cure for both acute and chronic pain. It may for some, but for many others, it may not.

    I have had over 45 acupuncture treatments, some with and without electrical stimulation. I will say that during the actual treatment and for the next 24 hours, I did have a good degree of pain relief. It was a breath of ease with my pain. But I found that it did not last that long. I was going for treatments weekly, but after a couple of days, I had no relief. If I missed a week, it was like starting over again. I do feel that IF I was able to have acupuncture done on a regular basis (2 to 3 times a week), I would have experienced more pain relief. However, at $90 a treatment, none which my insurance carrier reimbursed me for, it became a way too expensive form of pain relief. My sessions were for my lumbar, thoracic and cervical issues, each done separately.

    Then you have others, that did not get any relief from acupuncture. It should be looked at, since it is another forum of conservative treatments and if it can avoid surgery, then it is valuable.

    Every person should evaluate acupuncture treatment to determine if it is a correct form for their own pain relief.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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