In today's world, many people are looking for alternatives to pain-pill-prescribing Western medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, employs several variants that use no medication to help heal the body and soul. Acupuncture and acupressure are two examples of this, and they are both very similar to each other. Depending on your own personal choice and health condition, one should be right for you.
Difference between acute and chronic
Pain is described as "acute" if it is quick to come on and quick to go away. It is a fleeting pain, even if it is severe. "Chronic" pain is long-term and may even continue long after the reason for it has disappeared. In many chronic pain conditions, you can no longer find the source of the pain. Therefore, it is more difficult to treat this type of pain when there is not a source injury or trauma.
Traditional Chinese medicine
Acupuncture and acupressure help unblock the "qi" of the person, which is the life force or energy. Channels can become "blocked," which may result in this type of chronic pain. By unblocking the qi of a person, these methods can release pain and result in better health.
In this therapy, long and hair-thin sterile needles are placed just into the skin along points in the body called meridians. This helps unblock the life force of the person and promote a pain-free body. There may be heat applied and the length of time that the needles are in the body will vary depending on the treatment sought. As with any breaking of the skin, there is a risk of infection from this therapy.
When these same body points are manipulated with pressure from the fingertips, it is called acupressure. This method eases pain and helps relax the body the same way as acupuncture, but without the insertion of needles. Those with a needle-phobia may want to use this method first to see how it works for them. With this therapy, there may be a risk of bruising.
There are many Atlanta chiropractors who have been trained to do acupuncture and acupressure in their practice. Do some research and find the best one for you.