Chronic pain can be utterly debilitating. And the reliance on addictive pain medications can cause a cascade of side effects, not to mention tolerance - meaning more & more medication may be needed to manage symptoms as the body adjusts to dosage. I have treated my fair share of Veterans and active-duty military, who are commonly afflicted with severe chronic pain: low back pain, shoulder & neck pain, & knee pain to name a few. Migraines, headaches, & fibromyalgia are also typical chronic pain conditions Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine can treat, but this is by no means a complete list. Endometriosis, painful menstruation, irritable bowel syndrome, & so much more, can all fall under the umbrella of chronic pain.
Some of the most rewarding cases I have treated have been severe & long-term pain conditions, when a person has been at the "end of their rope", when nothing else has worked, or they are no longer interested in relying solely on medications to mask their symptoms. Indeed, one Veteran comes to mind, who needed large doses of morphine to manage his back pain & simply survive day to day. He had difficulty sleeping, keeping food down, & really had very little quality of life. Following 3 treatments, with the support of his Physician, he was able to completely stop morphine & just take an over the counter anti-inflammatory as needed. By his 8th treatment, he was no longer taking even the anti-inflammatory, was sleeping soundly at night, had increased appetite, & was able to complete daily tasks around his farm. The look in his eyes & gratitude he expressed as he shook my hand & told me that I had given him his, "life back" was validation for the reason why I practice this medicine. I know what it can do for people & it's why I've chosen this path in my life.
As unique & individual as we all are, results & number of treatments will vary, but if you are ready for something different & for wellness that begins from the inside out - with minimal side effects - please let me know how I can help. Here's to your health! - Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist at Bluegrass Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.