Western Medical Acupuncture: Effective in the Treatment of Back Pain and a Wide Range of other Conditions
Acupuncture needles improve circulation, activate the body's pain suppressing mechanism and stimulate the limbic system which has a calming effect and promotes a feeling of well-being.
Acupuncture has several effects both local and global:
Acupuncture needles stimulate nerve fibres triggering the release of calcitonin gene-related peptide. This dilates local blood vessels increasing blood flow into the area to aid tissue healing.
Signals from stimulated nerves, travel to the spinal cord where they down-regulate the spinal cords response to pain, similar to the effect of rubbing yourself after injury.
Nerve impulses continue up to the brainstem where they activate the body’s own pain suppressing mechanism. This stimulates descending inhibitory nerves helping to suppress pain throughout the body.
The hypothalamus and limbic system within the brain are stimulated by the nerve impulses and these have a calming effect, altering the persons perception to pain.
Electroacupuncture is similar to traditional acupuncture in that needles are inserted into the same specific points throughout the body. With electroacupuncture however, the needles are then attached to a device that generates tiny electrical impulses, increasing the needling effect.
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