Pain tends to come in two varieties, acute and chronic. Acute pain usually comes on suddenly and is caused by a specific injury. The injury heals and the body returns to normal. Chronic pain is different. A distinct neurological condition, chronic pain affects an estimated 30 percent of Americans, and some pain researchers describe this type of ongoing pain as a disease in and of itself.
Many chronic pain patients are frustrated that they experience so much suffering but doctors cannot find the source of the pain. This lack of answer or solution can take a toll on the body and mind, creating anxiety, stress, depression, anger and fatigue, and exacerbating the pain.
Putting together an appropriate and effective pain-management plan is like putting pieces of a puzzle together, and acupuncture can be a beneficial piece to that puzzle. Acupuncturists do not need to know the cause of the pain to start treating it. They just need to know where the pain is and how intense it is. In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture can reduce stress, improve sleep, lift and stabilize mood, and increase energy levels. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as physical therapy, medications, exercise, diet, counseling and other programs.
For more information, call Licensed Acupuncturist Karen Wilson, owner of Central Oklahoma Acupuncture, in Oklahoma City, at 405-255-3193 or visit CentralOklahomaAcupuncture.com.