These days, it seems children are practically born with electronic media permanently attached to their hands. Between mp3 music players, portable computers and cell phones with online access, everyone is connected around the clock. As convenient and easy as the modern advancements in technology have made life, it’s also caused chronic pain conditions in patients younger and younger. Everyone from workaholic adults to television and internet- addicted kids have been reporting pain and stiffness in their necks and backs, and headaches to boot, from squinting at tiny screens for hours each day. It’s no surprise that incidence of chronic pain have been on an astronomical rise right alongside the rapid technological advancements everyone enjoys so much. Fortunately, before you reach for the nearest painkiller or prescription, it may be wise to look into Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Holistic and alternative therapies have been increasingly effective in relieving and reducing chronic pain from all kinds of sources, whether you’re ailment comes from crouching over a computer or simply stress or anxiety. The actual Acupuncture treatments often require up to ten sessions before a patient can really enjoy the full benefits. The procedure involves a series of needles as thin as a human hair, manipulated underneath the patient’s skin at certain stress and pressure points. A skilled Acupuncturist will zero in on certain spots for insertion according to a patient’s specific body chemistry and energy flow. Depending on the ailment or type of pain, one Acupuncture treatment can include up to thousands of tiny needles.
Acupuncture is virtually pain-free, requires no prescription, and has been safely and successfully practiced for over two thousand years. No medication can boast that same longevity on its resume, so the next time you or your child complains of pain, see your local Acupuncturist instead of your pharmacist!