Need Pain Relief? Try Acupuncture Instead of Opioids

Acupuncturist Jamie Starkey, LAC, says studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective for treating many types of pain.

We’re able to treat a host of pain-related issues such as chronic pain, neck pain, and migraines. Any pain condition can really be nicely addressed with acupuncture with minimal if any, side effects.

How acupuncture Relieves Pain?

Research shows the pain relieving effect is three-fold, Starkey says.

1. Acupuncture manipulates the nervous system to release natural pain-relieving chemicals, called endorphins.
2. Next, there’s a reduction of inflammation.
3. Finally, specific areas of the muscles, called trigger points, can be targeted to calm spasms.

On average, Starkey recommends five to eight consecutive acupuncture visits for best results.

Not only do most people have less pain, but Starkey says they also have better function, sleep, and mood.

Cleveland Clinic