Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment used to balance the flow of energy — known as chi or qi (chee) — within an individual. Now, acupuncture is used to treat pain and stress management.

Introducing needles into body tissues and adding heat, rotation or pressure produces a calming or therapeutic effect. Several types of acupuncture, including acupressure, photoacupuncture, microsystem acupuncture and more, focus on specific areas of the body.

Continue reading to learn what acupuncture can treat and whether this option is right for you.

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How Does Acupuncture Work to Relieve Pain?

Acupuncture involves the strategic placement of tiny needles at points of the body. These needles will be inserted into the region where the problem resides to stimulate the central nervous system. This will then cause natural painkillers to release in the muscles, spinal cord and brain, which assists in the body’s healing process and improves physical and emotional well-being.

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What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture pain treatment can be effective on its own or in conjunction with another treatment for the following conditions:

  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Neck and lower back pain
  • Addiction
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Thyroid issues
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Morning sickness
  • Allergies

Acupuncture Benefits

Acupuncture Benefits

Acupuncture Benefits

This treatment comes with several advantages. With acupuncture, you can:

  • Target many health concerns at once.
  • Manage chronic pain.
  • Combine with other complementary treatments.
  • Have a low risk of side effects.
  • Trust a method that has been around for over 2,200 years.

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What to Expect During Treatment

A typical acupuncture session will last 60 minutes at the most. The frequency of treatments will depend on the intensity of your condition or how many areas are being treated. It is common to receive 6 to 8 treatments.

Your acupuncture practitioner will walk you through the treatment process. It will look a little bit like this:

  • Placement: The practitioner will insert various needles at specific points of your body. Insertion will cause little to no discomfort due to the hair-thin size of the needles — most report not being able to feel it at all. You might feel only minor aches when the needle reaches the proper depth.
  • Manipulation: Throughout the treatment, the practitioner may gently spin the needles or apply heat or electrical pulses to the needles. This procedure helps with nerve stimulation.
  • Removal: After 15 minutes to an hour of relaxation, the practitioner will remove the needles as gently as they were placed. You will likely not feel any discomfort.

Following treatment, the results often leave people feeling relaxed or energized. The results vary, as it can affect everyone differently. However, keep in mind that acupuncture may not work for everyone.

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If you are interested in acupuncture for back pain, thyroid issues or other painful conditions, we can help! Our physical therapists at Advanced Medical Care are passionate about helping you manage your pain or stress. For more information, contact us to schedule an appointment or book a consultation for acupuncture.

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