The American College of Physicians recommends treating chronic back pain with alternative therapies like acupuncture and tai chi before taking pain-relieving medications. At Central New Jersey Acupuncture & Wellness, serving Hazlet, NJ and the surrounding areas of Holmdel, Matawan, and Old Bridge NJ, Yuliya Chernyak, DAOM, works with people suffering from many types of chronic pain. Dr. Chernyak creates personalized treatment plans that rely on natural therapies like acupuncture for long-lasting pain relief. To learn more about how traditional Chinese medicine can help you return to a thriving life without pain, call the office in Hazlet, New Jersey, or book an appointment online today.
Why do I need specialized care for chronic pain?
If you live with chronic pain — pain that lasts longer than three months — chances are you already know that it doesn’t respond well to standard medical care.
Even opioids seldom help; they offer temporary relief, but you won’t get long-lasting results, and you’re also at risk of developing an opioid addiction.
To get relief from chronic pain, you need to take a different approach. With specialized care in the form of traditional Chinese medicine, you can get the relief you desperately need from chronic pain; in many cases, your results are long-lasting.
A 2013 study published in The Journal of Pain reviewed 31 scientific trials with more than 17,922 participants. The researchers found that acupuncture treatments significantly reduced chronic pain, and the results lasted for one year after therapy ended.
What chronic pain conditions improve with traditional Chinese medicine?
Many incurable health conditions cause chronic pain; sometimes, chronic pain persists without an identifiable problem. This can happen when the acute pain caused by an illness or injury persists long after the underlying problem heals.
Dr. Chernyak treats the full scope of chronic pain conditions, including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Myofascial pain
- Failed back surgery
- Migraines and other headaches
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
If you already take medications, including opioids, for any pain condition, acupuncture often reduces your pain enough to lower your dose or stop taking medicine.
How does traditional Chinese medicine relieve chronic pain?
After talking about your symptoms and completing a physical, energy, and neurological exam if needed, Dr. Chernyak customizes your treatment using several types of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapies.
Herbal medicine, for example, contains active ingredients that can target your underlying condition, improve blood flow, and reduce inflammation, a top contributor to chronic pain.
Acupuncture relieves chronic pain by:
- Reducing inflammation
- Triggering the release of endorphins
- Stimulating nerves
- Facilitating tissue repair
- Balancing the autonomic nervous system
- Relaxing muscles and trigger points
The acupuncture needles stimulate nerves and tissues, which in turn activates the release of many biochemicals that reduce the pain. For example, endorphins stimulate the same pain-relieving receptors as opioids. As a result, you get pain relief without worrying about side effects.
If you need relief from chronic pain, the experienced team at Central New Jersey Acupuncture & Wellness can help. Call or book an appointment online today.