For many, the chill of winter is associated with an increase in aches and pains. Couple the increase in pain with the shorter, darker days of the season and it can really bring you down and decrease your productivity. But before you head to the drugstore or reach into the medicine cabinet for the relief you may want to try a more natural approach. Studies have shown acupuncture to be a safe and effective treatment for winter pains.
There are several theories as to why we get achier in winter ranging from changes in barometric pressure, to less physical activity during the colder months, to the colder temperatures themselves. No matter the reason for the increase in pain, this approach stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. In response, endorphins and other natural pain-relieving substances are released into the bloodstream to soothe those sore and aching joints.
In addition to relieving pain, acupuncture has been shown to be as effective as some prescription medications in the treatment of the seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. SAD is a depressive disorder that occurs in response to the decreased levels of sunlight with the changing of the seasons. This form of depression is known to increase pain. So if you suffer from SAD as well as chronic winter pains, the benefits of acupuncture may be twofold. You could get a boost to your mood as well as relief from your pain.
If you are looking for a natural, drug-free approach to manage your aches and pains this winter, schedule your acupuncture appointment at Helen’s Haven Integrative Medical Spa today. You can find us at 4819 Ave., #6 in Honolulu or call 808-739-0400 to book your appointment. You can also book your appointment on our free mobile app, available for download on iTunes, Google Play, or Amazo