A wide population of people suffer from chronic pain today. Chronic pain may result from an injury that failed to heal properly or normal aging conditions that affect the bones and joints. However, these two indicators may not always be the answer to a chronic pain sufferer’s problem, and studies have shown that there is often an underlying cause. For doctors and patients alike, the process of finding the underlying cause to chronic pain can be rigorous, as chronic pain is actually a distinct neurological condition, meaning that the body’s warning signals are not working properly. (Working Class Acupuncture, 2017) A person suffering with chronic pain may experience back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, muscle spasms, osteoarthritis, etc. To get chronic pain relief, some patients may turn to acupuncture. As an acupuncturist in Arlington Virginia, Dr. Josh Alvarado is committed to discovering the root cause and working to heal these conditions with the use of holistic medicine.
Patients may choose to treat chronic pain with holistic medicine, specifically acupuncture, due to side effects caused by taking medication over a long period of time. Taking medication will affect each individual differently, and some may not experience any adverse side effects. However, for those that do, chronic inflammation and eventually desensitization, can leave them in despair. On the other hand, acupuncture does not have any defective side effects that are known today. Acupuncture is a technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in which a trained practitioner stimulates specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin.
The specific points on the body tend to be located where nerves enter a muscle, the midpoint of a muscle, or at a point where muscle joins with bone. (Dr. Axe, 2017) Depending on the condition of the patient, there is anywhere from 10 to 30 small needles inserted at a time. Inserting as many as 30 small needles in the body may seem formidable to some, but it is important to remember the needles are hair thin, and when inserted by a professional such as Dr. Josh Alvarado, the process is nearly painless. At Arlington Pain and Rehab Courthouse, the acupuncture process will last about 15 minutes, and patients are encouraged to relax.
When a patient is receiving acupuncture treatment for chronic pain, the body is rebalancing it’s energy, which in TCM is known as ‘chi.’ The chi is translated as an energy which circulates meridians throughout the body. By placing small needles into the certain points along the meridians, it stimulates sluggish chi, disperses blocks of energy flow, or manipulates the flow of energy. (Dr. Mercola, 2012) It is believed that lack of balance within the body is the precursor to illness and pain, thus acupuncture helps to restore that balance, giving relief to those suffering from chronic pain. At Arlington Pain and Rehab Courthouse, the doctor suggests a combination of acupuncture, chiropractic care, and a well balanced diet to improve the symptoms of chronic pain.