Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Relief from chronic pain is one of the top reasons clients seek acupuncture at Common Ground. About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain ranging from mildly distracting to excruciating. Whether your pain comes in waves or is continuous, is sometimes inconvenient or is often totally incapacitating – acupuncture is worth trying for relief.

From Harvard’s Health Blog:

Chronic pain in the muscles and joints can make life miserable. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain. But when they don’t, acupuncture is an option with a good track record that’s worth considering.

Over the years there has been substantial debate about whether acupuncture really works for chronic pain. Research from an international team of experts adds to the evidence that it does provide real relief from common forms of pain. The team pooled the results of 29 studies involving nearly 18,000 participants. Some had acupuncture, some had “sham” acupuncture, and some didn’t have acupuncture at all. Overall, acupuncture relieved pain by about 50%. The results were published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

And one final word from Dr. Lucy Chen, a board-certified anesthesiologist, specialist in pain medicine, and practicing acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital:

“I think the benefit of acupuncture is clear, and the complications and potential adverse effects of acupuncture are low compared with medication.”

Interested in trying out acupuncture? Call us at 434-218-7677 or schedule online from here. A full paying community acupuncture session is $50, and available on our sliding scale based on income. Sliding scale form available here.

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