Acupuncture is a treatment modality in which extremely thin needles are inserted into the patient’s skin. These needles are inserted in a highly strategic manner. The needles are placed at an exact depth to alleviate pain without causing bleeding or bruising. Research suggests acupuncture really does relieve pain.
People receive an acupuncture treatment to help relieve a variety of health problems. Acupuncture is an especially effective pain treatment for the shoulder, neck and back. Whether you are looking for an auto injury treatment or sports injury treatment, acupuncture is certainly worth consideration. The question is how, exactly, does acupuncture work?
The Process of Acupuncture
Some acupuncturists are adamant this treatment works by balancing the body’s vital energy. Others insist acupuncture has a neurological effect. No matter what, patients and acupuncturists are in agreement that careful placement of needles in the body does improve the balancing of energy. Acupuncture can also improve well-being, relieve pain and possibly even cure some types of illnesses. People also find pain relief when using acupuncture to treat headaches, whooping cough, blood pressure issues and all sorts of additional physical ailments.
Yet there is still the question of how someone experiences the relief. Perhaps it is best to consider the explanation provided by traditional Chinese medicine: health stems from the harmony of the yin and yang extremes of the life force referred to as qi. Illness and physical problems are due to the improper balance of such forces. Qi moves through the pathways in the body. Such meridians are accessible by way of more than 300 acupuncture points along the body.
The placement of needles in these areas in just the right combinations restores the energy flow along with the proper harmony. The stimulation of the body’s unique systems through the application of needles ultimately reduces pain, enhances sleep, improves digestive function and even promotes a higher sense of well-being.
Acupuncture is one Aspect of the Total Health Picture
Meet with an acupuncturist to discuss this unique approach to pain relief and you will find there is absolutely nothing to worry about. The acupuncturist will discuss your physical ailment, assess your condition and explain exactly what the acupuncture treatment involves. He or she will craft a nuanced treatment plan designed for your particular needs. The acupuncturist then inserts one or several sterile and thin needles at the appropriate points along your body.
The acupuncturist will also provide advice on complementary therapies, medicines and other approaches that can enhance the effects of acupuncture. Most patients find acupuncture is an important element of health yet it is not the sole means of keeping the body in tip-top shape. Incorporate the appropriate treatments, exercises and supplements with acupuncture and you will eventually enjoy the relief you have been looking for.
Acupuncturists are particularly likely to advise using acupuncture in conjunction with a specific treatment plan. Find the right mix that works for you, continue with a regular course of acupuncture treatment and you will feel markedly better in surprisingly little time.
Acupuncture Treatment is Nearly Painless
The acupuncturist will request that you lie down on your front, back or a side depending on the area where the needle will be applied. Most acupuncturists use sterile, disposable single-use needles. It is possible you might feel a short tingling sensation as the needle is inserted. There also might be a slight ache at the needle base. This ache will subside in due time. In general, this is a painless process.
Most needles remain in position between five minutes and half an hour. In some cases, the acupuncturist will heat or stimulate the needles with electricity following insertion to maximize their impact. If you are considering acupuncture, meet with your doctor and/or an acupuncturist today to determine if this treatment modality is right for you.
Acupuncture Treatment Frequency
The number of total acupuncture treatments and the frequency of those treatments hinges on your unique pain and tolerance for discomfort. You might enjoy a considerable pain reduction after the initial treatment. If your condition is chronic, you will likely require one or two acupuncture treatments per week across several months. If the problem is acute, as little as half a dozen sessions might do the job.
If you would like to learn more about acupuncture and the various treatments we provide, call 602-635-2820 to schedule a consultation.