No one warns you about the micro injuries of midlife.A Rae Story
Heck, I wasn’t even midlife yet and one unsuspecting day in my 20’s I sneezed. Just sneezed. And threw out my back. It was so bad I couldn’t sit for a month. The pain seemed unending. I’ve never had back pain like that before or since. Pain is so weird. One minute it’s saving you from burning your hand on the stove and the next minute it’s starting you down a path of chronic pain that lasts months just because you sneezed.
So hard to live with, yet impossible to live without.
Pain is actually a necessary and useful part of the human experience. It keeps us from causing irreparable harm to ourselves. But can also seriously affect quality of life when acute pain (pain that lasts a short time) becomes chronic pain (pain that lasts 3 months or more, as many of us have so vividly experienced at one time or another). It is estimated that 18% to 34.5% of American’s struggle with chronic pain.
But we are here to offer hope! Acupuncture of Columbia specializes in treating “untreatable” chronic pain conditions like back pain, shoulder pain, dental pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and more. One way acupuncture is believed to treat pain is by triggering the release of endorphins (your body’s natural pain-killers). Pain perception is highly related to the amount of inflammation in the body and the emotional state of the person. Acupuncture also happens to be great at treating inflammation and stress, depression, and anxiety which all contribute to successful healing. Our methods are gentle, natural, and best of all effective at treating a wide range of chronic pain conditions.