What Acupuncture Can Do for Pain
Pain is a response to a threat or injury that is designed to protect us. However, the longer we experience pain that is not managed, the more sensitive the pain response system becomes. If you experience pain regularly, be it once a month or every day, measures should be taken to improve your overall well-being – which includes protecting your emotional health.
Classifications of Pain: Acute vs. Chronic
Acute pain is defined as pain that occurs for a duration of under roughly 2-3 months. If pain persists from 3-6 months it can be defined as sub-acute before it is classified as chronic. Many factors can also contribute to why pain persists that goes beyond the old idea that acute pain is primarily associated with tissue damage.
Science describes acute pain as:
- An adaptive response(s) of the organism’s protective systems
- A type of pain that motivates the individual to consciously perform protective actions to promote healing and recovery
- Associated with positive adaptions to take measures in preventing re-injury