Acupuncture Treatments for the Urban Dweller

| June 17, 2010 | 0 Comments | 168 views

Living in an urban environment has given rise to a host of health related problems. For example, many of us now work in an enclosed area, and we stare at the computer for hours at a stretch. Such sedentary activities not only cause our eyes to tire, they also cause our necks, backs and shoulder areas to hurt.

The soreness comes about due to long working hours without proper rest. When we strain our eyes as we focus on our work, the area between our eyes become tight. Over time, the tightness can lead to soreness. It's a sign that the muscles need to rest and relax. Unfortunately, due to work demands, many of us ignore these signals. Hence, the tightness continues and eventually leads to unwanted problems.

Here is where acupuncture can help. Acupuncture is not something new. The techniques have been used by Chinese physicians for thousands of years. Treatment involves locating acupressure points, and then inserting the tips of the needles into these points. The needles are so fine that when they are inserted, it hardly hurts. Only the surface of the skin is pricked.

The goal is to restore the healthy energy balance. The Chinese has identified over 300 acupressure points in the human body. They believe that these points are all interconnected. The amazing thing about acupuncture is that treatment doesn't have to take place at the area where the injury is. Instead, treating another part of the body can very well bring relief to the injured body parts. This is because the Qi (or energy) is dispersed and allowed to flow freely again. Thus, balance is restored.

So what are the implications of acupuncture in our modern society?

Just take a look around you. You are probably surrounded by friends and family members who are constantly complaining about neck pains, back aches, etc. These are chronic pains that result from overworking. In the city, working long hours appear to be inevitable. There doesn't seem to be a clear solution to these problems.

Fortunately, with the rising popularity of acupuncture, city dwellers are learning how to treat those pains without having to pop pills. Usually, western medicine focuses on treating the symptoms. For instance, if you have a pain in the neck, you may be given some oral pain killers to consume and a tube of muscle rub. You are then expected to have a good rest and hopefully, the problem goes away by itself.

The problem with this approach is that the root cause is not taken care of. In other words, it's very likely that the same problem will occur over and over again. Besides, taking pain killers on a regular basis is not good for health in the long term. The body may get accustomed to the drugs and becomes resistant. This means the pain killers will become less and less effective over time.

Acupuncture can help resolve such health problems by providing relief quicker, and there is no need to rely heavily on pills. It is a known fact that acupuncture can help both minor and severe cases. In severe cases, more stimulation will be applied.

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