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There are many ways to treat pain and acupuncture is a form of treatment that is becoming increasingly popular because of its effectiveness when it comes to helping relieve pain. Whether you are experiencing lower back pain, migraines, nerve pain, menstrual pain and anything in between, it may be time to consider acupuncture.

This treatment consists of the insertion of very fine needles that are applied to the patient’s skin in specific locations, based on the area and issue that is being treated. This will release endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, which help relieve pain.

Anywhere from four to ten needles can be inserted at a time, depending on the acupuncturist and the reason for the treatment. The needles remain in place for 10 to 30 minutes while the patient rests and, normally, six to twelve treatments are recommended in order for acupuncture to be effective and for the patient to see results.

In addition to helping reduce pain, acupuncture is also very safe and complications are very rare, so long as the treatments are being done by a professional. As needles are involved, the acupuncturist must have the proper knowledge and skills regarding this particular form of treatment so that they can help each patient accordingly. Acupuncture cannot be done by just anyone and only a licensed acupuncturist should complete this treatment, as experience is necessary in order to be able to assess your situation properly and to apply the needles in areas based specifically on your condition. You may be asked to lie down on your back, front or side, depending on the area that is being treated. Patients may experience a tingling sensation as each individual needle is inserted, although that will be the extent of any discomfort and the treatment is quite painless.

Every patient reacts to the treatment differently, but acupuncture is known to help treat chronic pain in the back, neck and knees, while also reducing the frequency and severity of tension headaches and migraines. Those who suffer from chronic pain should consider acupuncture because there is a very high chance that you will experience less pain after only a few sessions. There are normally no side effects and it can even be combined with other treatments for additional effectiveness and results. Acupuncture is particularly beneficial to patients that are unable to take pain medications and maybe the only option to help relieve them of their pain.

If acupuncture is something you’d like to try, contact Kinetic Patterns in Vancouver today. This medical clinic offers naturopathic services as well as a pharmacy to help with all of your health needs. Naturopathic doctors may be able to provide treatment that traditional medicine cannot, so if you want to live with less pain and wish to pursue a different approach, call Kinetic Patterns to book an appointment today!