Does Acupuncture Really Work? 5 Common Myths Busted
There are many misconceptions surrounding acupuncture in the Western world. One of the main reasons is our unfamiliarity with this treatment that is widely performed in Asia since ancient times. Another reason could be its association with socio-cultural practices there. However, over the last 40 years, many people in Calgary (and across North America) have realized the significant benefits of acupuncture, not just for chronic pain but also for overall health and wellness. As a result, it is now gaining popularity.
Do you have chronic pain in Calgary and are wondering, “Does acupuncture really work?”
Here is some useful information to dispel common myths and help you decide if you should visit your local chronic pain centre in Calgary.
1. MYTH: Acupuncture is only for pain
TRUTH: Yes, it is true that acupuncture helps relieve pain, including headaches, back pain, shoulder pain as well as postoperative and chronic pain. However, it also helps alleviate many other conditions, including digestive problems, stress, anxiety, asthma, allergies and menstrual irregularities. Talk to your acupuncturist about treatment for the specific conditions for which you are seeking relief.
2. MYTH: Acupuncture hurts
TRUTH: Yes, but only slightly; the pain is negligible and temporary. Most patients say it feels like a pin prick when inserted. Any discomfort you feel later on can be adjusted by your acupuncturist.
3. MYTH: Acupuncture needles carry risks of infection
TRUTH: Not true at all! Just like any other needles used by medical practitioners, acupuncture needles are sterile and for single use only. You can always discuss your concerns with your acupuncturist.
4. MYTH: There is little evidence that acupuncture works
TRUTH: Many medical institutions and health insurance plans support acupuncture treatments which points to the legitimacy of the treatment. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a valid treatment for a wide range of conditions. There are also many studies which indicate its effectiveness in stopping headaches, preventing some allergies, helping with weight loss and reducing nausea.
5. MYTH: Acupuncture can interfere with other forms of treatment
TRUTH: Acupuncture is a relatively safe form of treatment that does not have any adverse side effects. Being a holistic, natural approach, it is unlikely that it will interfere with any drugs your doctor may have prescribed.
You don’t have to live with pain anymore. At Alberta Back & Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic, we offer a full range of pain treatments at our chronic pain clinic in Calgary, including acupuncture, laser and shock therapy to help treat or alleviate your condition. From facial pain and headaches, to knee pain and low back pain, Sciatica and tennis elbow, our chronic pain management centre can help you find relief and lead an active life. Our team of skilled practitioners in Calgary will work with you to determine a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.
To decide if acupuncture is the right pain relief
treatment for you in Calgary, call Alberta Back & Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic today at 403-234-0040. Or contact us online to schedule your appointment for an assessment of your chronic pain in Calgary.