Here’s a fascinating op-ed (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/opinion/sunday/pain-opioids.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage) from the NYT about chronic pain, and whether we should view it as a sensation or emotion.
I won’t keep you in suspense regarding the answer, because in short, the answer as we know from our TCM training is “most likely a bit of both.”
Yes, pain is real, but factors like our mental/emotional health, our sleep, and our support network play a huge role in our experience of pain. In other words, we can’t look at pain separate from the individual.
This is why acupuncture has been shown time and again to be an effective tool in alleviating and managing pain. We specialize in looking at you as a whole and strive to treat you the same way. Never do we simply focus on your pain, or whatever is bothering you, because we know those things are not isolated from the rest of you.
If you are experiencing chronic pain, please schedule an appointment to see how we can help you! Or know someone who is, please encourage them to call us, or book an appt online. Pain does not need to be forever.