Chronic Pain: How Acupuncture can Help

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Do you deal with chronic pain? Have you exhausted all other options? Chronic pain is a significant condition that affects millions of Americans. Acupuncture might be the treatment for you if all other options have failed. Acupuncture has been proven effective for the treatment of chronic pain as the effects of acupuncture persist over time. Give Dr. April Harris a chance to help your chronic pain!

Acupuncture is a method of supporting the body and mind in their own natural healing processes. This can include things such as chronic pain and headaches that are not responding to normal medicine practices. By stimulating specific points on the body with heat, pressure, or very fine needles, acupuncture practitioners can restore healthy function, thus resolving symptoms and reversing disease. Acupuncture is used widely in several different applications such as:

  • Used by physiotherapists and chiropractors to treat musculoskeletal pain
  • Used by medical doctors to treat migraines and nausea
  • Used by midwives to assist with births, and
  • Used by drug and alcohol support workers to help treat addiction

Chronic pain can make life miserable. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain. When those don’t work, acupuncture is an option that’s worth considering. For new pain, an acupuncturist should not always be your first stop – its always good to first discuss your pain with a medical practitioner. If this pain persists through medical treatment and is then deemed chronic – this would be when you can visit an acupuncturist. The most common pain that is treated through acupuncture is chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain as well as chronic headaches.

Whatever ails you, consulting with Dr. April Harris can never be a bad call. Dr. Harris is board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. She has extensive clinical experience in the management of patients within the primary care and hospital settings. She has completed training in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support through the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Galen Acupuncture and Osteopathic Medicine serves the surrounding area of Lawrence, KS and would love to help you with your chronic pain needs! Give us a call today (785) 393-1108.

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