Our bodies are a miracle. A living, breathing organism that is capable of the most incredible feats and accomplishments throughout our lives. However, as wonderful as the human body is, it is prone to the occasional… well, failure.
Our joints, muscles, and tendons are arguably the weakest parts of our body. As the body parts that take the most strain and bear the most weight, they are the most likely to suffer problems. All of us have some knowledge of the pain of a sprained ankle, a bad back, and various other aches and pains that accompany us throughout life.
As we age, the risk of these problems becomes even more notable— and especially for women, who also have to contend with the hormonal issues caused by the menopause. While we may get wiser as we get older, there’s no doubt advancing years tend to bring forth higher levels of discomfort. Even members of the younger generation are more than aware of the potential for bodily aches and pains thanks to injuries sustained while playing sports.
When our bodies ache or we’re struggling with the impact of hormonal changes, most of us will turn to conventional medicine for a solution. Unfortunately, that solution tends to involve the use of painkillers— a solution that can actually be worse than the problem we’re initially seeking help for. Not only are painkillers addictive and potentially damaging when taken over long periods of time, there’s also no guarantee they will remove the pain for injuries— and they will do next to nothing when combating menopausal symptoms.
Thankfully, there is a solution
There is a form of treatment that has been shown to consistently benefit this wide range of ailments: acupuncture. From back pain to common symptoms of the menopause, acupuncture is able to offer relief that is:
- Free from side effects
- Inherently relaxing
- Carries numerous other benefits for overall well-being as well as improving the state of the target area
Acupuncture may be something of a new treatment to those of us in the West — and it suffers from a large degree of scepticism as a result of this — but the technique is actually at least 8,000 years old. Acupuncture has been theorised to encourage the body to heal itself, by stimulating the products of the body’s natural painkillers — known as endorphins — and stimulating areas of the brain that can produce positive effects on mental and physical ailments.
If you suffer from back pain, have sustained a sports injury, or have menopausal symptoms, then acupuncture could be the solution you have been looking for. While the idea of needles being inserted into your skin might sound daunting, rest assured that…
The needles are very thin; in fact, they’re so thin that you’re unlikely to even feel them entering your skin
Most people find that undergoing acupuncture is completely painless
So try not to worry!
An acupuncture appointment is similar to a typical health consultation in many ways. You will be asked for your medical history, as well as details on the ailment that you are specifically trying to treat. You will then be led to the main treatment area; your therapist will discuss everything they are doing as they do it. Most acupuncture sessions last at least 30 minutes, though an hour is more common.
Can acupuncture really help with back pain, sports injuries, and menopausal symptoms?
It is impossible to answer this question with 100 per cent certainty; nothing in life is guaranteed except for death and taxes, after all! However, acupuncture has a glowing record and a huge number of converts to the practice. If you are struggling to maintain your well-being due to pain or menopausal issues, then acupuncture could be a vital tool in helping you cope and — eventually — recover.
What else can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment; as well as focusing on the specific concern, it also seeks to redress the balance of your body in the hopes of promoting enhanced well-being. It is, therefore, possible to use acupuncture to seek relief from a wide variety of conditions, including — but not limited to — the following:
- Mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety
- Chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Digestive conditions, such as colitis and irritable bowel syndrome
- More complex and wide-ranging conditions, such as insomnia and infertility…
- … and much more.
So if you are struggling to find an effective treatment for a health or pain condition, acupuncture might well be the answer you have been seeking.