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Acupuncture Can Decrease Seniors’ Pain
If you experience those additional aches and pains because of the aging process, acupuncture might be the answer. A healthy lifestyle is what any senior desires in order to keep up with an active adult calendar like the one at Westminster Village retirement community.
“The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health for health,” according to the website Medicine Net. The Chinese people have administered acupuncture as a part of their health care for thousands of years. Many believe that tiny thin needles placed in strategic points all over the body can change the flow of energy and make you feel better. You may have heard this flow called qi or chi (CHEE).
Active older adults may see results with acupuncture
As with so many things considered alternative treatments, not everyone agrees that acupuncture benefits or has effects on all pain. Some studies have concluded that acupuncture can help reduce low back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis/knee pain. You can also help with headaches and even possibly prevent migraine headaches.
Some also believe that acupuncture can affect:
- stroke rehabilitation
- tennis elbow
- myofascial pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Dental pain
Some studies show that acupuncture might actually change the way things happen in your body. It may stimulate the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland and change the regulation of blood flow. Acupuncture might also cause alterations in your immune system. Some believe that in increases the body’s natural painkillers. On its website, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture lists even more possible benefits of acupuncture.
Active older adults are safe with trained practitioner
Acupuncture is safe when implemented by a trained, certified practitioner. Most states require each acupuncturist to have a license, certification or registration to practice. States may also require a diploma from a credible school. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is one such school.
You want to be sure that the acupuncturist maintains a sterile work environment and the proper tools. The FDA regulates surgical instruments like syringes and scalpels. They now also regulate acupuncture needles. Make sure that your acupuncturist adheres to the standards for these tools.
Untrained practitioner can cause harm for seniors
If you choose to go to an untrained or uncertified acupuncturist, you risk the possibility of some serious side effects. At the very least, you could have soreness, minor bleeding or bruising. More serious side effects might include:
- Punctured organs or collapsed lungs
- Injury to the central nervous system
- Worsening of bleeding disorders
- Pacemaker interference
As an active older adult, you may want to check with your doctor or even the wellness center for advice on acupuncture. Some hospitals and physicians are beginning to use what they call “medical acupuncture.” Pain and aches don’t have to affect the way you live. You can find treatments that will lessen the conditions. Enjoy the retired lifestyle with less of the problems of aging.
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team