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Acute and Chronic Pain
Acupuncture is effective in treating Acute, Sub-acute and Chronic pain but the treatment goals vary so its important for you to know the difference.
At CompMed we do not treat all pain the same. Your pain depends on how you're feeling, how long you've been suffering , the cause, the severity and whether the pain impedes on your daily abilities and sleep. As such your CompMed acupuncturist will develop an individualised treatment approach for your specific condition.
Sufferers of acute pain generally have an idea of how or when that pain began, whether it be a pulled hamstring, a sprained ankle, painful back, stiff neck or other. Our bodies suddenly respond to an imbalance with inflammatory markers telling us to stop using that part of our body or it will hurt. Acupuncture approaches acute pain by addressing inflammation, swelling and pain, as well as the underlying cause that may have led up to the sprain or strain. Acupuncture for treating acute pain is generally most effective when sufferers are treated more frequently over a shorter period of time.
Those of us working in repetitive and physically demanding jobs may experience pain resulting from repetition and over-use. Acupuncture may help to reduce the pain and maintain our physical ability to keep working. This type of pain requires on-going treatment the same way a machine that performs a repeated task requires regular maintenance.
Chronic pain can be described as a disease 'in and of itself' and is a complex neurological condition that is often poorly understood and thus poorly treated. Chronic pain can be very difficult to treat and so the goal of acupuncture treatment in this case is not solely aimed at pain reduction, but to also improve quality of life. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for the treatment of chronic pain and may also assist in bringing about an increase in life quality by improving sleep, reducing stress and lifting spirit and energy levels. For chronic pain we recommend a minimum of twelve treatments and then, based on your outcome your acupuncturist will discuss with you a maintenance program. Read more...