The Pain Mechanism
Most pain symptoms involve inflammation and tissue injuries. These processes result in releasing biochemicals which cause pain. Pain makes muscles tight and reduces blood flow, oxygen and nutritional supply to the painful tissues. The low supply of oxygen and nutrition makes painful tissue even more painful and tight. Once this vicious cycle is started tender or painful spots are gradually formed in muscles and tendons. Additionally, pain symptoms also increase emotional stress. All these conditions slow down our self-healing, the mechanism with which our body heals itself.
Acupuncture can precisely dissolve the painful spots in soft tissues resulting in muscle and tendon relaxation and restore the blood flow with sufficient oxygen and nutrition. Acupuncture also stimulates the spinal cord and the brain to release self-made pain killers; endorphins. Endorphins not only reduce pain, they also remove emotional stress. The brain, stimulated by acupuncture, releases biochemicals to normalize immune reactions and endocrine activities. All this leads to restoration of self-healing and results in analgesia, or pain relief without side-effects.