Pain is our bodies way of communicating with us. Pain can range from mild discomfort, telling us to get out of the heat and sun for a water break, to an intense feeling demanding we call an ambulance. For most people getting rid of this type of pain is not desirable, though keeping it temporarily at bay may be important. Beyond this, chronic pain is a different beast. This type of pain isn’t necessarily from our body trying to get us to make a sudden change. For those who suffer from it, it often needs to be closely managed.
Pain is Important
Acute pain is very important. Acute pain comes largely from injuries. The pain gives a person an idea of the extent of their injury. Whether from a burn or a broken bone, the pain is there to help prevent further injury.
Chronic pain is different. The purpose and causes of chronic pain aren’t as well known. In some cases, it may start as acute pain, but the pain stays even after the injury has been taken care of. When the pain is still there even though the physical injury has passed the pain, though it may feel exactly the same as the original acute pain, is now chronic. The pain may also be from a disease or other long-term condition. In some cases, the cause of chronic pain may be unknown, creating difficulty in treating it.
Make the Pain Stop
Acute pain is most often temporary and managed with medication. A broken bone only causes pain until it’s set, so some short-term medication to dull the pain while the bone is set might be enough to manage it. After injuries have been treated acute pain often fades and no further treatment is necessary.
Chronic pain is harder to manage. Trying to manage it with drugs is risky due to the risk of dependency. Over longer periods of time drugs also lose their effectiveness, causing the body to need either more of that drug, or something else to keep getting the same result.
Pain Management at Hummingbird Community Acupuncture
At Hummingbird Community Acupuncture in Boulder we use Chinese Medicine, such as acupuncture, herbology, supplements, cupping, and others. We work with your body to help it heal naturally. We also work with the pain programs your physician may have in place. Contact us today with any questions, or to book an appointment online.
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Joaquina Cante, L.Ac., Shaman, is a nationally board certified acupuncturist and holistic healthcare practitioner in Boulder, Colorado. Owner of Hummingbird Community Acupuncture, she is a believer in the innate power of each individual to heal and become a better human being.