I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) five to six days per week and add some sort of cardio four to five days per week and find that I get little aches and pains that most people don’t suffer. I would like to clarify that I’m in no way comparing my physical ailments to a chronic pain sufferer such as fibromyalgia or arthritis patients. I am, however, thirty-eight years old and since I am more active than most of today’s eighteen year olds I do have my issues.
I follow my own advice and go to my acupuncturist for treatment. I’d prefer to avoid being a hypocrite asking patients to come and take advantage of my services when I don’t utilize healing acupuncture services myself. So I go.
I find that my little dings don’t overwhelm me to the point of not wanting to get out of bed in the morning but I do feel them and know I have to deal with them. Because I know pain, albeit a much lower level of pain than chronic pain sufferers, I’m able to empathize with chronic pain sufferers. Most people don’t appreciate the level of discomfort chronic pain patients go through. They have pain that never goes away and is often times at the intensity level that actually affects their mental stability. Chronic pain sufferers are, most of the time, ‘on edge’. They don’t sleep as well as most people and always have a level of discomfort high enough that’s next to impossible to ‘put out of their minds.’
Acupuncture can be of great benefit to chronic pain sufferers. Acupuncture has been shown to greatly decrease or eliminate entirely chronic pain as in fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, migraines and chronic knee pain.
My treatment strategy includes a combination of shiatsu/tuina, moxibustion, acupuncture needles, and electro-stimulation. I’ve found this strategy has had phenomenal results with both acute and chronic pain patients.