Pain is an unpleasant sensation or discomfort in response to an injury or damage to tissues. This is caused by the activation of nerve endings called nociceptors. It is a protective mechanism of the body that alerts to potential or actual harm. Allowing for appropriate action to be taken by reflex responses and the bodies own healing capabilities.
Pain can be acute, lasting a short time, or chronic, lasting longer and often with a more complex origin eventually becoming systemic.
Pain can arise from:
- Acute injury
- Chronic trauma
- Post surgery
- Hormonal imbalance
- Autoimmune conditions
- Emotional trauma
- Vital Organ complications
'Pain is a subjective personalised experience to each individual. Pain in any form can greatly limit performance'
Acupuncture alleviates pain through a combination of neurochemical, neurophysiological, and circulatory effects. When specific acupuncture points are stimulated, it triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving substances produced by the body. These endorphins bind to opiate receptors in the brain and spinal cord, reducing pain perception and promoting well-being.
Acupuncture modulates pain signals by influencing neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). By targeting these pathways, acupuncture can regulate the transmission of pain signals, leading to pain relief. With continued acupuncture treatments the pain relief can be long lasting.
Overall, acupuncture can provide a holistic approach to pain management. By addressing many areas of pain perception and physiological processes. Its ability to stimulate endorphin release, modulate neurotransmitters, improve circulation, and activate anti-inflammatory mechanisms contributes to its effectiveness in alleviating pain and promoting overall well-being.