You Shouldn't Live with Even Mild Back PainYou Shouldn't Live with Even Mild Back Pain


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You Shouldn't Live with Even Mild Back Pain

I have a brother who was in a serious car accident years ago, and he experiences intense pain every day as a result of it. When I began experiencing mild, daily back pain, I felt guilty even talking about it, because I know others have it much worse. I then made a decision one day that even though others may have more severe pain than me, that doesn't mean that my milder pain doesn't matter. I began seeing a chiropractor every two weeks, and the decision to finally seek treatment for my pain was a great one. I created this blog to share my story. I want everyone to realize that they should seek treatment for any type of daily pain. Even though there may be others who have it worse, you and your pain still matter, and you should feel no shame in seeking treatment.

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2 Misconceptions You May Have About Acupuncture For Your Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may be searching for ways to find relief that are in addition to your medical treatment plan. You may have been reading about the use of acupuncture in the treatment of pain but are still leery about attempting it. If so, below is the truth behind a couple of misconceptions you may have about this alternative treatment method.

1.  Needles Cause Pain When Stabbed into the Skin

While reading about acupuncture, one of the first things that may stand out about the treatment is the use of needles. You may be afraid to try it because you envision yourself laying on a table and having your skin stabbed with long needles. Especially if you have an aversion to needles and wince at the thought of increased pain, you may be hesitant to even try acupuncture.

However, when you have a treatment, the practitioner does not stab the needles deep into your skin or muscles. The technique uses small needles that are gently placed beneath the surface of your skin.

More times than not, you hardly feel the needles as they are inserted, except for the sensation of light pressure. If you do feel pain, you should let the practitioner know, as this is not the norm.

2.  Relief Is Obtain in Only One Session

Another misconception for which you should prepare yourself if you decide to try an acupuncture treatment session is the idea that you will feel immediate relief after just one visit. You may expect to jump off the table feeling no pain, so you do not have to return.

However, while pain relief may be felt after a few sessions, expect to have ongoing sessions once you do start feeling better. As part of the theory behind acupuncture, the needles that are placed along certain points of your body help to stimulate energy and fluid flow to help the body heal itself.

Since this type of realignment of your body does not happen overnight, it may take several sessions. Discuss the expected treatment time with the practitioner during your first session, as well as during the course of the therapy.

The gentle use of needles during treatments over the course of several treatments could help provide you with relief from your chronic pain. Contact a practitioner who offers acupuncture treatments for more information and to find out if you could benefit from its addition to your current pain management regimen.