Poor expectations of treatment can override the effect of a potent pain-relieving drug while positive expectations can double the effect, a brain imaging study at Oxford University has shown. When pain strikes, minimize the number of pills you take to relieve pain by choosing acupuncture as your pain management therapy.
Findings suggest that doctors may need to consider dealing with patients’ beliefs about the effectiveness of any treatment, as well as determining which drug might be best for the patient.
People with chronic pain will often have seen many doctors and tried many drugs that haven’t worked for them. They visit a new practitioner with this negative experience, not expecting to receive anything that will work for them. Doctors have almost got to work on that first before beginning any treatment.
Acupuncture can be utilized as a primary or complementary therapy for acute and chronic pain. Acupuncture effectively treats: Back pain, arthritis, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, sciatica, and fibromyalgia, among many other pain conditions.
Acupuncture releases natural pain-killing chemicals, known as endorphins, in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Some of these natural substances are more potent at pain relief than many prescription drugs. Acupuncture for pain management:
• Is drug-free.
• Enhances the body’s natural healing abilities.
• Results in lasting pain relief.
• Increases energy after the first treatment.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of acute and chronic pain as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.