Acupuncture is one of the most effective and safe methods to treat pain. Yes, sticking needles into people not only RIDS the body of discomfort but it's also safe, and even pleasant.
Some may scoff at the idea of acupuncture being a woo-woo, faith healing technique with no research backing it up. But that's simply not true. Not to mention, Chinese medicine has over a 2000-year clinical track record of consistently and effectively treating patients. Chinese medicine wasn't "alternative medicine" back in the day, it was simply medicine.
Not many people are dazzled by the prospect of being poked and prodded, but hear me out. Acupuncture is amazing. Tons of athletes use the ancient medicine to heal their ailments; from sprained ankles to torn muscles, headaches, sciatica, you-name-it. Athletes everywhere are recognizing the value in getting regular treatments as it can help recover from fatigue, relieve stress, reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation, and help athletes recover quicker from injuries. It's a no-brainer.
Acupuncture is popular in the professional sports world, with countless players documenting their treatments online for the world to see. If you want to start being like Aaron Rodgers, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Fred Couples, Michael Strahan, James Harrison, and the countless other athletes who play professionally, it's time to consider acupuncture.
Believe The Research
If you're not impressed that Kobe Bryant takes part in regular acupuncture sessions, then you should be impressed with the research behind this ancient technique. Acupuncture is the most studied manual therapy in the world, and research regarding pain and acupuncture is impressive.
Back in 2012, the most rigorous and detailed analysis of acupuncture (to date) found it can ease migraines, arthritis and other forms of chronic pain. Financed by the National Institutes of Health, and carried out over half a decade, nearly 18,000 patients participated. Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the study found that acupuncture outperformed standard care and sham treatments when used by people suffering from osteoarthritis, migraines, chronic back pain, neck and shoulder pain.
As Dr. Lucy Chen, a board-certified anesthesiologist, specialist in pain medicine, and practicing acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital said, "I think the benefit of acupuncture is clear, and the complications and potential adverse effects of acupuncture are low compared with medication."
I could cite more studies, fMRI scans, client testimonials and more, but how will you know if you don't try it? If you've been suffering with chronic pain, give acupuncture a shot.
You've got nothing to lose...but your pain.