Acupuncture can relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain
Current Theories on How Acupuncture Affects the
Over that last fewdecades acupuncture has been scrutinized by many because there has been nospecific scientific proof to explain how acupuncture works. Many theories have been suggested but the generally accepted explanation is that opioid peptides are released in the body during an acupuncture session.
Opioid peptides are comprised of endorphins, enkephallins, and dynorphins, which are all types of neurotransmitters, and are found in neurons throughout the body. Opioid peptides are thought to be closely involved with the perception of pain in the central nervous system. This hypothesis describes that pain is felt when the nervous system gets trapped in a kind of negative feedback loop. This can occur when the brain’s ability to receive and register the pain signal is blocked preventing it from releasing the much needed endorphins or if the pain is originating from a different source other than where the body actually perceives the pain. In the later case, the root cause (originating area) of the pain remains damaged and continues to release pain signals even after the body has presumably released endorphins to the one area, but not the originating source.
Acupuncture needles trigger the release of opioids in the nervous system by drawing attention to the problem area, either directly or indirectly. After the afflicted area can move and operate freely without the hindrance of pain and the pattern in the nervous system that was creating the pain is finally broken, often the area will be able to begin to heal naturally.
Another theory forhow acupuncture affects the nervous system called "the gate theory"proposed by R. Melzack and P.D. It explains that neuronal impulses transmittedthrough the nervous system between neurons which the brain is able to interpretand perceive as pain impulses. However,if the neurons in a damaged area produce too many pain signals at once, it closes down, or closes its gates. This closing of gates blocks further signal impulses from reaching the brain. Equated similar to playing pinball except the ball never makes it back to the starting pin.
Stimulation by acupuncture needles interrupts the continuous signals within the neuron(s)generating the constant pain signals.
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