Acupuncture 101

AcupunctureChronic pain can interfere with your daily life, keep you from being productive, and make you quite miserable. Sometimes pain medications can help, but they aren’t always the ideal solution. Another option is acupuncture.

Acupuncture may be less popular in western countries, but it has grown in popularity because it has been helping people find relief from pain for centuries. This simple, precise treatment can help patients who are looking for a conservative solution that doesn’t involve surgery or steroid injections. Keep reading to learn more.

Where does acupuncture come from?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that uses very thin needles to treat pain throughout the body. The body is carefully divided into sections and the needles are carefully inserted in specific places to help energy flow through the body. Because the needles are so thin, they can’t be felt so the procedure isn’t painful. However, when the needles are inserted, localized endorphins are released and as a result pain is decreased.

What can be treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be used to provide relief from a large variety of issues. Some ailments treated with acupuncture include:

What should you expect?

If you choose acupuncture, you’ll have a consultation to review your medical history and discus your level of pain. During your appointment, you’ll lay either face down or face up while 5-10 very thin needles are expertly inserted into target areas on the body. The process is pain free and doesn’t feel like other needle injections. Once all the needles have been inserted, you’ll feel relaxed and you’ll lie still for approximately half an hour. Many patients opt for about 12 total treatments in order to get long-term improvement. These treatments can be once a week or bi-weekly, depending on your needs and schedule.

Acupuncture is a conservative way to provide real relief from pain without resorting to more intense treatments. If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture and other treatments that can help manage pain, schedule a consultation at Action Sports Medicine & Pain Management.

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