The Pains Of Winter
It is common for many people to experience an increase in pain during the winter months. While we tend to believe this increase in painful symptoms is directly related to the colder temperatures, it is difficult to say for sure. Many studies have indicated that this phenomenon occurs due to anything from the change in barometric pressure to simply being less active during this time of year.
The recent controversies surrounding pain relief products has caused doctors and other medical professionals to seek an alternative, drug-free approach to pain relief. A 2012 study indicated that when it comes to chronic pain in the back, neck, and shoulders, treatments with acupuncture show a definitive benefit. Frequent headaches, as well as the discomfort related to osteoarthritis, have also shown to respond to acupuncture.
Acupuncture is long renowned for its pain-relieving effects. These are likely due to how it stimulates the body’s natural healing processes, allowing it to release powerful natural substances to curtail pain, such as endorphins. The extent and duration of acupuncture treatments will depend on the individual; which is why it is important to ensure a proper regimen of treatments is formulated between a qualified practitioner, yourself, and in some instances, your primary care physician.
Although acupuncture has had great success in the realm of pain management, it is not a cure. Nevertheless, the benefits that it offers to pain sufferers, especially when combined with regular exercise, has the potential to change a person’s greatly improve the quality of life a person can enjoy.
Whether it be arthritis, fibromyalgia, or another pain disorder that may be plaguing you – feel free to contact us for more information on how we may be able to help you escape the pains of winter so you can take your life back on track.