Chronic pain is debilitating, making it difficult to think about anything else. Opioids are usually the go-to for treating chronic pain, but for someone who’s completed opiate detox, they aren’t an option. Fortunately, there are alternatives for pain management for people who are in recovery or just want an effective, non-addictive alternative.
Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine in which sterile needles are inserted into acupressure points located in 12 meridians, or channels, in the body. Per Chinese medicine, vital energy, or chi, flows through these 12 channels, connecting specific organs and networks of organs. Inflammation and illness block the flow of energy through these channels, and acupuncture seeks to open up the flow of energy and relieve pain.
Case-controlled clinical studies have found that acupuncture is effective in treating a range of diseases, conditions and symptoms, such as:
- Facial pain.
- Knee pain.
- Low back pain.
- Neck pain.
- Postoperative pain.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Tennis elbow.
Chiropractic care uses physical manipulations to align the body, relieve pain and promote healing without medication or surgery. Evidence supports chiropractic as an effective method of alleviating low back pain or disability, although it can be used throughout the body to relieve pain in the joints, bones, muscles and connective tissues, such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage.