Acupuncture has helped many patients achieve pain relief and improved overall wellness. Through the use of thin needles, we’ll target the source of your pain in this therapeutic and minimally-invasive procedure.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of alternative medicine. In acupuncture treatment, small needles are inserted into specific areas of the body to target certain muscles and nerves. The needles are inserted at various depths for maximum efficacy.
In Chinese medicine, acupuncture is considered a method of balancing the flow of energy through the body’s meridians. The idea is that by applying needles at certain points along these meridians, the energy in the body will become balanced for greater overall wellness.
Oftentimes, acupuncture is viewed differently in Western medicine. Here, it’s considered a way to stimulate the nerves, connective tissue, and muscles in the body.
How Does Acupuncture Work for Pain Management?
The effectiveness of acupuncture in pain management is, as mentioned above, associated with nerve stimulation. The thin needles used in acupuncture stimulate the nerves in the body, which then prompt the brain to release endorphins. Endorphins affect the brain’s opiate receptors, altering how you feel pain. Essentially, by spurring the release of endorphins, acupuncture creates a natural response in the body that’s similar to the effects of opioids, but without the risks associated with prescription pain medications.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The needles used in acupuncture treatment are so thin that many patients don’t even feel them. Those that can feel the needles generally only experience mild discomfort or a slight aching sensation.
What Can Acupuncture Be Used to Treat?
Common applications of acupuncture for pain management include:
Headaches and migraines
What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture?
It Causes Little to No Side Effects.
Acupuncture is a safe, non-surgical treatment option for pain management. Most patients experience no side effects and can return to their regular activities promptly after treatment.
It Doesn’t Involve Medications.
Acupuncture doesn’t involve prescription medications. This makes it a suitable choice for patients with allergies or sensitivity to pain medications.
It Can Be Combined with Other Treatments for Pain.
Acupuncture can be safely and successfully combined with other pain management treatments. It can be used to create a well-rounded treatment plan for lasting pain relief.
It Stimulates the Immune System for Long-Term Wellness.
Acupuncture stimulates the immune system and improves circulation. These effects promote improved long-term health and wellness.
To learn more about the benefits of acupuncture for pain relief, contact us today.