How Acupuncture Relieves Pain

How Acupuncture Relieves Pain

How Acupuncture Relieves Pain

Have you ever wondered how acupuncture works to alleviate pain?

As a licensed acupuncturist in Jupiter, FL, I often get asked this question by patients from Palm Beach Gardens and throughout Palm Beach County.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the fascinating mechanisms behind acupuncture’s pain-relieving effects.

Acupuncture achieves results by stimulating specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points. This stimulation affects both sensory and peripheral nerves, triggering the release of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins and enkephalins.

To understand how acupuncture helps with pain, we need to look at two types of nerves: sensory nerves (nociceptor fibers) and proprioceptive nerve fibers (position nerves). Sensory nerves tell the brain when there is pain, while proprioceptive nerves help the brain pinpoint the source of the pain.

These nerves transmit pain information from the body to the spine and then to the brain.

For example, if you experience hand pain, the nerves travel up your arm to your spine, where they pass the information to a corresponding nerve fiber. The information then travels up the back of the spine (lateral dorsal horn) and into the brain, communicating the sensation of pain.

For effective pain management, both sensory and proprioceptive nerves must fire simultaneously.

If a proprioceptive nerve doesn’t fire along with a sensory nerve, the brain won’t know where the pain is coming from. When the brain receives the proper signal, it releases enkephalins, the body’s natural painkillers, which stop the pain. However, in chronic pain cases, this process is disrupted.

Experts believe that the catalyst for enkephalin release is the neural strength of the proprioceptive signal to the brain. In other words, the proprioceptive signal must be strong enough for the brain to release enkephalins.

In chronic pain patients, the proprioceptive pathway is often damaged, leading to difficulty pinpointing the exact location of the pain. Without a clear signal, there is no enkephalin release, resulting in persistent pain.

This is where acupuncture comes in.

As a Jupiter acupuncturist, I specialize in fixing this signal problem. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the body, it boosts the signal strength of the proprioceptive pathway. This increase in signal strength prompts the brain to release enkephalins, stopping the pain.

After an acupuncture treatment, the body’s lower threshold level may reestablish itself, causing the pain to return. However, with repeated treatments, acupuncture can reboot the neurological system and restore homeostasis, ultimately leading to long-term pain relief.

The key to successful acupuncture lies in the precise placement of the needles.

As a practitioner in Palm Beach Gardens, I rely on the knowledge and expertise developed by the Chinese over thousands of years to effectively target pain-relieving acupuncture points.

If you’re seeking relief from chronic pain in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Tequesta, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, or anywhere in Palm Beach County, acupuncture may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Contact our clinic today to learn more about how this ancient Chinese practice can help you lead a pain-free life.

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Dr. Lori Sibbers

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM)
Licensed Palm Beach County Acupuncturist
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