Pain relief is one of the most common reasons a patient seeks out an acupuncturist. The use of acupuncture to treat pain is well documented in a number of studies.
When we place extremely fine needles painlessly in the body, we activate the body’s innate healing abilities. Acupuncture theory views pain as a form of stagnation or blockage within the body. Blockages or stagnation can occur anywhere in the body. Let’s think of the acupuncture meridians or pathways as a series of canals criss-crossing the whole body. Pain and illness are a result of the gates of a canal being partially or completely shut.
If we take headaches as an example, stiffness in the neck and shoulders are often the main cause. By treating these blocked areas within the neck and shoulders, circulation is restored and headaches are eliminated.