Kick Pain to the Curb
Did you know that 1 in 4 U.S. adults say they have suffered at least one day of pain per month and 1 in 10 say their pain lasted a year or more? Arthritis pain and stiffness, joint pain, back pain, pain from injuries, and post-operative pain not only rob us of our energy, sleep, and stress-handling resources, but they place a burden on our ability to work, to go to school, and to enjoy life. However, despite over-the-counter and prescription pain medication use at an all time high, many patients find these drugs only temporarily mask their pain rather than get to the source and heal it. Surgery as an anti-dote for pain has become more common, but a large percentage of patients find that their pain will return soon after a procedure, if the pain goes away at all.
If you have suffered too, you’re not alone -- pain is how I got into practicing acupuncture in the first place.
Ten years ago, I had been suffering for more than two years with painful, recurrent bladder infections and subsequent sleep deprivation. A full blood panel, cystoscopy, and sleep study ordered by my doctor could not find anything wrong with me, but continuing to take antibiotics and prescription and OTC pain medicines were creating unhealthy side effects I could not continue. I was desperate and was willing to try anything to get relief. A friend gave me her acupuncturist’s business card, and although I thought that it was probably “voodoo,” I called and set up an appointment. Within one treatment I had enough relief to have my first night of uninterrupted sleep in months. Within one month of treatments, my symptoms resolved and have never come back. Within three months of consistent treatment, I was able to get off of my anti-depressant/anxiety meds, which had never been part of the original plan. Together, my acupuncturist and I had achieved whole body improvement – not just treatment of symptoms. This experience opened my eyes to the possibilities of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I quit my job, went back to school for 4 years, and graduated with a master’s diploma in acupuncture so that I could help other people who were falling through the cracks in the Western medical system.
Fast forward to 2017, and my practice is FULL of patients who are looking for relief from all types of pain.
One of my clients -- Jim (name changed for privacy) -- suffered from recurrent osteoarthritis pain in his hands, feet, and knees. His pain and stiffness made it hard to get out of bed and get going in the morning. He was always tired from not sleeping well since he couldn’t get comfortable in bed, and he felt frustrated at not being able to play with his grandchildren when they came for a visit. He was in so much pain that he popped Tylenol like candy until his doctor put him on Celebrex which caused him to have headaches and indigestion. Cortisone shots to both knees provided a few months of temporary relief before the pain came back with a vengeance.
Another client of mine, Ashley (name changed for privacy), a 17 year-old who had suffered not one but two head injuries from playing soccer had difficulty walking or standing unaided, had constant migraines from light and sound sensitivities, and could not participate in regular school or church activities. Her neurologist had prescribed her a cocktail of medicines which did little to improve her quality of life while she had been taking them in the year since her injury.
And another client, Virginia (name changed for privacy), had low back pain and sciatica from bulging and degenerative discs became so intense that she became dependent on Lortab and Demerol and took to using a walker just to be able to get around. Her doctor recommended back surgery which helped with her pain until 6 months later when the pain came back not only in the original place but above the surgical site.
As it turned out, these patients' approaches to reducing pain were a big part of the reason why they weren’t getting good results:
Dependence on OTC, prescription drugs, steroid injections, and surgery as a permanent treatment for symptoms of pain (rather than as a temporary fix)
Lack of attention to nutrition and hydration
Lack of topicals and internal supplements to support the body in long-term healing processes
Lack of holistic health care to address the root cause of the pain and heal injury at its source to reduce and/or eliminate the symptoms of pain
But there was an alternative! Acupuncture helped Jim, Ashley, and Virginia reduce their pain, improve their sleep, and boost their energy. Here's what they had to say:
“Simply amazing! Melissa is a truly gifted acupuncturist. She gets right to the heart of the issue and provides both immediate and long term relief from symptoms. Reduction in pain allows me to avoid more invasive treatment. Go - acupuncture will change your life for the better!” - "Jim"
“As a result of my successful treatments I have become a true advocate of acupuncture. Up to this point I had only used traditional Western medicine to treat my injuries. All of my previous attempts to address chronic pain, including physical therapy and chiropractic failed to improve the pain and restrictive issues I was facing. The treatment I received from Melissa was life changing.” - "Ashley"
“Acupuncture has greatly reduced the pain I had in my back and neck, and to my surprise, elevated my mood and emotional well-being. I absolutely believe acupuncture is a way to treat a person’s ailments naturally and improve their overall wellbeing. I recommend acupuncture to anyone who complains of back pain or similar conditions. And, I tell them that acupuncture is not just for pain. It really works!” - "Virginia"
At Remedy, I apply all the same theories and treatment strategies of Chinese medicine that helped me all those years ago with pain and sleeplessness to Jim, Ashley, and Virginia and all of my other patients. If you are seeking an alternative path to better health, why not try acupuncture? Call us at 770-518-1785 or go online to our website at www.remedyhealingarts.com to book an appointment or get more information.