Why Getting Treatment for Your Pain Can Help You Get PregnantMillions of us go through life everyday dealing with some type of physical pain. Sometimes it feels sharp, while sometimes the pain is off-and-on. It may be localized pain, such as back or knee pain, or you may simply ache all over. What all of us feel, though, is triggered by our nervous system. Our body is telling us there is a problem. Once you find the source and treat the pain, it usually goes away, but chronic pain can last for years without treatment. Chronic pain stresses the body and mind, affecting a person's ability to conceive. Addressing any persistent pain conditions can improve fertility as a welcome side effect.
Treating pain with acupuncture
If you are one of those people who suffer from constant pain, whether back pain or neck pain, you have probably tried all the traditional methods of relief. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines can help, but acupuncture may be the long-term key to relieving the problem. Acupuncture helps by releasing endorphins, the chemicals that block pain.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. According to the NCCAM, acupuncture helps with various types of pain including back pain, joint pain, neck pain, and headaches.
Studies on acupuncture and pain management
As early as 1997, the National Institutes of Health concluded there was clear evidence that acupuncture is effective in treating nausea and postoperative dental pain. At the time, the agency also said it showed potential for helping other pain-related conditions. The National Cancer Institute also points to the use of acupuncture to treat conditions like pain for cancer patients. The agency references studies showing how acupuncture has been successful in reducing pain.
Several other studies have looked at how acupuncture relieves various types of pain. Already, the studies show promise in using acupuncture for chronic low-back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. Other studies show positive results for dealing with fibromyalgia and other issues.
In particular, a study published in October of 2012 looked at the impact of acupuncture on chronic pain. Nearly 18,000 people took part in the study. Some participants had acupuncture, some had “sham” acupuncture and some did not have any acupuncture. In the end, researchers found acupuncture was effective for treating chronic pain, reducing it by up to 50%.
Why not try acupuncture
Acupuncture is safe and virtually painless. For centuries, acupuncture has treated everything from back pain to shingles. Unlike traditional medicines, it also has few side effects. If you are open to acupuncture, you may find it is the solution to curbing your pain for a lifetime.
Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis. Andrew J. Vickers, et al. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1444-1453.