Love your feet? Want the pain gone? Acupuncture!
The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body. This small amount of square footage consists of 38 bones connected by numerous joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and is vulnerable to many stresses.
Foot pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, most often improper foot function or poor posture. Poor choices of footwear can worsen and, in some cases, produce foot problems. Shoes that are too tight, for instance, can increase pressure and stress, while shoes that are too loose can let the foot slide and rub, creating friction. Overuse and exercise-related problems can also cause foot pain, as do bunions and hammertoes.
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving foot pain. A study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found acupuncture to be effective in relieving otherwise unresponsive chronic foot pain.
Acupuncture also treats plantar fasciitis, one of the most common cause of heel pain.
The journal Medical Acupuncture conducted a study using electroacupuncture on plantar fascitis. According to this study, 82 percent of patients claimed a 50 percent or more improvement in pain reduction.
How exactly does this work? Acupuncture treatments help to release endorphins and enkephalins, substances needed for pain management within the body. It also stimulates certain neurotransmitters, which are also important in pain perception, as well as ACTH. ACTH is a hormone that triggers the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is important in the body’s inflammatory response, and it is also involved in the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine, a potent hormone that can help decrease pain perception.
Acupuncture also improves circulation and speeds the healing process for strains and sprains.
In plain terms, acupuncture works to relieve pain by working with your body’s natural resources, speeding the healing process and helping the body produce its own pain relieving chemicals.
Want to get back up and running with your best foot forward? Try acupuncture!
Sources: Erickson RJ, Edwards B. Medically unresponsive foot pain treated successfully with acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine November 1996.
Medical Acupuncture; Low-Frequency Electroacupuncture in the Management of Refractory Plantar Fasciitis: A Case Series; Perez-Millan, R., M.D. and Foster, L., D.O.; January 2001
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