Many people living with fibromyalgia are turning to complementary therapies to help ease the symptoms of the condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncture may help those suffering from fibromyalgia with general pain relief, as well as targeting more specific areas of the body that need relief.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing therapy where thin needles are inserted in strategic points around the body to improve energy flow (chi). It’s believed that illness occurs when chis become blocked — acupuncture helps to unblock the chi channel so energy can flow more easily.
According to Web MD, there are different types of acupuncture. Some use heated needles, others use pressure or a mild electrical current to help the chi flow.
The needles can be left in place for around 20 to 30 minutes. Most people report no pain when the needles enter the skin, but they do experience a tingling sensation. Acupuncture can be used as a standalone therapy for pain relief, but it’s often recommended as a complement to traditional medications. Most people usually need to have a few sessions before they see any changes.
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