What did i treat in Clinic this week?
i see a lot of patients with chronic pain:
Persistent (chronic) pain is a widespread problem that affects around 8 million people of all ages in the UK. In 22% of cases, chronic pain leads to depression,
Typical chronic pain conditions include: osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; low back, shoulder and neck pain; headache and migraine; cancer pain; fibromyalgia; neuropathic pain (e.g. sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, post herpetic neuralgia); chronic overuse conditions (e.g. tendonitis); and chronic visceral pain (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis)
How acupuncture can help
Recent reviews have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic back pain, osteoarthritis, or headache . There is also evidence that it is also effective for chronic knee pain or headache and for chronic back pain .Nice (The National Institute for Health and Clinical excellence) recommends acupuncture be made available in NHS for chronic lower back pain.
How it works
- Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neuro chemical messenger molecules.ie. serotonin
- Stimulates nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord
- Reduces inflammation
- improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation, which aids dispersal of swelling.
Since February 2013, patients and the public have been able to choose an acupuncturist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. All members of The British Acupuncture Council are on this register and follow a strict code of ethics and guide lines over looked by parliament.