Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Chronic pain can be debilitating and a source of stress for patients suffering from constant pain which can occur to any part of the body; head, neck, shoulder, elbow, lower back, knee, foot and so on.  Pain not only affects the mind, but patients can also gradually experience loss of movement and control of body parts. Pain can be eliminated or relieved by acupuncture very effectively.

From chronic pains caused by bad posture, injury, or inflammation, to post-operative pain, Fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and even menstrual cramps, acupuncture triggers the body to heal itself by stimulating the release of steroids and endorphins for pain relief and healing.

With acupuncture treatment, endorphin levels rise and patients experience pain relief for several days. Within this period, the body is able to heal itself. The idea is to keep the endorphin levels at a constant in order to promote long term healing. After acupuncture, patients feel relief of pain instantly or experience gradual decrease of pain or decrease in the number of pain attacks. It is important to maintain consistent acupuncture treatments in pain management.

Along with acupuncture treatments, herbal supplements are also prescribed to increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. Sessions are scheduled according to the condition of the patient as well as the patient’s response to the treatments.

If you are in the Santa Monica area, visit The Tao of Medicine and speak with Human Touch’s Wellness Council Member, Dr. Hoon Kim to find out how acupuncture can help you.  He uses our chairs as another way of alternative medicine to help people feel better with the soothing affects of massage.

Dr.Kim is a California Licensed Acupuncturist and is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He received his Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles from Samra University, California’s oldest University for Chinese Medicine, graduating with honors and special recognition from the University president.

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