With the recent declaration of the United States having an opioid epidemic, physicians are being urged to start recommending alternative therapies such as chiropractic, massage and acupuncture for the treatment of pain. These therapies are proving as effective as opioid use with none of the side effects. This week, in the Baltimore Sun, a report from February, 2017 became available. The American College of Physicians announced new guidelines for treating lower back pain (1)— one of the most common reasons for doctor visits — with therapies such as massage, spinal manipulation or acupuncture rather than drugs. “With the new “enhanced recovery” protocols being used, if drugs are needed they should be anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants, the group said.”
Acupuncture has been utilized and proven effective for the treatment of chronic pain for thousands of years. So much so, that the Surgeon General is even on board for using acupuncture therapy for the treatment of soldiers in the field. Likewise, the Veterans Administration provides acupuncture (2) treatment coverage as part of the benefit for veterans.
The fact that the American College of Physicians and the Veterans Administration is now recommending acupuncture as a frontline remedy in place of opioid and other addictive pain relievers is something that should make us all sit up and take notice. Acupuncture has a long history of efficacy when it comes to pain relief (among so many other benefits). Start your journey and learn the specific benefits of using this gentle and valued complementary care.
December 2017 Call The Ommani Center today (262.695.5311) to schedule an appointment with our acupuncturist, Aimee Brown, LAc, MSOM.