The numbers of opioid-related deaths are staggering — painkillers now cause more overdoses in America than any other illegal drug. Recent recommendations by the American College of Physicians (ACP) to avoid prescribing narcotics for lower back pain reflect the alarm about the growing opioid epidemic. ACP now urges physicians to opt for natural pain relief options, such as chiropractic and acupuncture, as a first line of treatment for pain.
Acupuncture is an effective natural pain reliever that stimulates specific acupoints throughout the body with thin needles to increase the levels of various “feel good” chemicals, similar to opioids, in the central nervous system –namely, endorphin, serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Unlike opioids, there is no “tolerance build up,” no addiction potential or any other serious side effect. Acupuncture has also been shown to help reduce stress and blood pressure, as well as improve sleep and digestion.
If chronic pain controls your everyday living, why not give acupuncture a try? Lori Fortunato LAc is an experienced acupuncturist who can help you heal and get back to doing the things you love. Acupuncture is often a covered insurance benefit — we’ll be happy to check with your insurance provider. Call to make your appointment today: 631.265.1223.