Alternative Therapies for Chronic Pain

Acupuncture and chiropractic care are two alternative therapies that are commonly used to treat chronic pain.

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. This is believed to restore balance to the body’s natural energy flow, known as Qi, and alleviate pain and other health problems. It has been recognized as an extensively practiced modality by various healthcare professionals and has a low incidence of adverse effects compared to many drugs and medical procedures. Acupuncture may work by releasing substances into the cerebrospinal fluid, increasing the production of endorphins and anandamide (a cannabinoid), decreasing the release of gamma-aminobutyric acid, and modulating the production and release of neurotransmitters such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. While acupuncture has gained popularity, there is still controversy over its effectiveness and how it works. It has been found to be effective in the treatment of chronic low back pain and may also be useful in the treatment of other conditions such as headaches, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia.

Chiropractic care is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. Chiropractors use a range of techniques, including spinal adjustments and manipulations, to improve function and alleviate pain. Chiropractic care is often used to treat chronic pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches.

Acupuncture and chiropractic care can provide a range of benefits for people with chronic pain. These therapies can help reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and reduce muscle spasms, all of which can help alleviate pain. In addition, acupuncture and chiropractic care can improve range of motion, flexibility, and overall mobility, which can help people with chronic pain lead more active and productive lives.

Overall, acupuncture and chiropractic care can be effective complementary therapies for people with chronic pain. Both acupuncture and chiropractic care are generally considered safe treatments for chronic pain. However, it’s important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if these therapies are appropriate for your specific needs.

 

Dr. Raj Desai