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Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for pain relief. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing process, without having to rely on medications that often only suppress the pain temporarily and causes negative side-effects to the body in the long-term.  Here at Tranquil Body is Charleston, SC acupuncture is combined with massage therapy to treat your physical and emotional needs. It is a holistic treatment to the body and promotes positive physical and emotional well being. Another major benefit to acupuncture is that it increases blood circulation, while reducing pain and inflammation, as it speeds up recovery time.  You may use acupuncture as an non-invasive alternative in healthcare compared to many expensive medical treatments such as unnecessary doctor’s visit, prolonged use of drugs, and surgical intervention.


How does acupuncture relieve pain?

In a Western Medical perspective, acupuncture treatments have shown clinically to trigger the central nervous system to release endorphins (pain-relieving chemicals) that are 50 to 100 times stronger than many pain-relieving medications, which can help reduce stress and eliminate the recurring pain cycle as well. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is as effective as morphine in treating chronic pain. Next, Acupuncture helps increase the flow of blood to the muscles and breaks the cycle of muscle spasms. Finally, acupuncture helps the process of healing as it stimulates the flow of blood to the site of injury and decreases the buildup of scar tissue, while healing the injured area.

The result of acupuncture treatment is an easing of myofascial restriction, therefore improving circulation, lymphatic drainage and nerve conduction.  Muscles relax, connective tissue strengthens and pain is relieved. As the viscous cycle of myofascial pain subsides, the nervous system calms. Sleep and concentration immediately improves. It is important to understand that the pain relief from acupuncture  is not predominantly from an analgesic effect but rather from increased blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the injured area. Relief is felt as the healing process begins.

In Eastern perspective, acupuncture improves circulation and removes blockage. Pain is the blockage of qi (or chi) -- vital energy, and blood in the energy channels called meridians. These channels carry rivers of energy that traverse the body, bringing nourishment to the muscles, tissues and organs. An obstruction to the movement of vital energy in one part of the body is like a dam backing up a river, restricting flow to other areas. Acupuncture unblocks the obstructions and increases the normal flow of energy through the channels relieving pain and restoring balance.

Acupuncture is especially beneficial to pain when combined with massage therapy, cupping and heat therapy.

Types of Pain Acupuncture can treat:

  • General Muscle Tension

  • Upper & Lower Back Pain

  • Tendonitis

  • Sciatica

  • Bursitis

  • Osteo Arthritis

  • Rhumatoid Arthritis

  • Neuropathy

  • Migraines

  • Gastro-intestinal pain