WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Below are examples of what is happening during the treatment of pain from both an Eastern And Western perspective.
When Qi/Energy/Life-force is insufficient or blocked, the body manifests this with disease. Acupuncture helps to free the flow of Qi and remove this obstruction. The obstruction may be due to trauma, stagnant blood, emotional turmoil, environmental factors, etc. causing the Qi to stagnate. The blockages occur in the meridians or in the tissues along the path of the meridians.
Acupuncture needles are placed in the affected area as well as distally on the extremities (on the hands and feet). The local needles stimulate the healing response. This process is initiated by creating a micro trauma which increases blood flow to the local capillaries and tissues and opens up Ion Channels, thereby normalizing cellular communication. This increase in blood flow prompts the body to release endorphins, the body’s natural means to mitigate pain signals. Endorphins land on pain receptor sites, signaling to the body that the pain is less severe or completely eliminated. Acupuncture also aids to expedite the healing process.