Are you suffering from pain? You aren’t alone. Recent studies suggest that more than 6 out of 10 adults over the age of thirty experience chronic pain. Pain is the most common health complaint in the United States and also the most expensive in terms of lost job productivity. It is estimated that $64 billion per year is lost due to workers reduced job performance while continuing to work while in pain.
You don’t have to suffer! Studies have shown acupuncture to be extremely effective in dealing with many types of pain and my patients have found it effective as well. Following is a testimonial from just one of my patients who is ecstatic over their results with acupuncture:
“Before I came to see Dr. Carling, I had been experiencing severe right shoulder pain for two years and I had just begun experiencing shoulder pain on the left side as well. The right shoulder had to be massaged and re-adjusted every night by my husband and I couldn’t lift my left arm up to my shoulder. I constantly had to baby my shoulder and I felt like I was a burden to other people in my life. I would cry to my husband at night, “I am tired of being in pain.”
I had tried everything including my medical doctor, physical therapy and chiropractic. Nothing helped! Trying acupuncture was my last resort, shot in the dark, after everything else had failed.
I have been very happy with my experience with Dr. Carling. She really talks you through what is happening and what needs to be done to get well. My questions have been thoroughly answered. I feel like she’s treating me, not the textbook. I felt like all of the other doctors I saw were treating the textbook, not me.
Now, after only a few treatments, I am completely out of pain. If I hadn’t suffered for the last two years, I wouldn’t even know there had been a problem. My symptoms are completely gone! I am so grateful and amazed!”
So, how does acupuncture work? Acupuncture works by causing the body to release its own pain-killing substances called endorphins. It also causes the body to release its own chemicals that stop inflammation, swelling and muscle spasms. Since these chemicals are released throughout the body, acupuncture needles are used in the local area of pain which increases micro-circulation into the surrounding tissues, as well as pain relief. This does two things: first, it attracts all those pain-killing chemicals and the other chemicals into that particular area. Second, it also stimulates the healing mechanism by bringing more nutrient and oxygen-filled blood into the area to give it what it needs to heal.
Pain can negatively impact your life in so many ways. It can inhibit your performance both at home and on the job. You don’t have to suffer. Acupuncture works, and it works well. Stop suffering, and take action today!
© 2008 Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.