For those recovering from a surgical procedure, acupuncture can be a valuable form of treatment to complement or serve as an alternative to typical medicine.
Modern medical studies have shown that acupuncture treatment can speed healing.
Acupuncture and Spinal Surgery Study
In one study involving people recovering from a spinal surgery, scientists offered half the participants acupuncture and the usual rehabilitation therapy.
The remaining patients received only the standard rehabilitation therapy.
After three months, nearly 50 percent of the patients who had received acupuncture were functionally recovered.
In contrast, just 27 percent of the patients who had only conventional rehabilitation therapy were deemed functionally recovered.
After one year, less than 5 percent of the acupuncture group had failed to achieve a functional recovery.
For the second group, nearly 30 percent were still struggling to recover.
How Acupuncture Can Help Post-Surgery
First, it can effectively reduce many types of pain, including post-surgical pain. This not only keeps patients more comfortable, it also allows them to take fewer pain medications during recovery.
As a bonus, acupuncture can also help alleviate nausea, dizziness and other common side effects that are generally associated with the use of opioids and other prescription pain relievers.
Acupuncture is also credited with the ability to strengthen and boost the immune system, encouraging a faster recovery and protecting patients from opportunistic viruses and infections that might otherwise set in and interfere with their return to wellness.
Reducing scar tissue is another facet of surgical recovery where acupuncture can help.
Once the surgical incision has healed, a trained acupuncturist can provide treatments that will address both the internal scar tissue that can cause pain and limit range of motion and the external scar tissue that can negatively impact a patient’s self-esteem.
Although the ultimate intention is to heal, surgical procedures can take a toll on a patient’s body.
Acupuncture offers real relief for many of the recovery challenges post-surgical patients struggle with by decreasing pain, combating the side effects of common pain medications, supporting the immune system, and helping reduce scar tissue.
Make an appointment with one of our acupuncturists today who can help make your recovery easier.