Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been utilized to treat various ailments for thousands of years. It has only recently gained wider acceptance and understanding in western culture. Today, many seeking relief from musculoskeletal pain turn to healthcare professionals who perform acupuncture.
According to Chinese Medical theory human beings have a natural flow of energy, Chi, throughout the body. Several thousand years ago, Chinese physicians determined that this energy circulates in pathways, called meridians. Good health depends on the smooth flow of energy throughout these pathways, and pain and disease are caused by an imbalance, deficiency, or blockage of this energy. Acupuncture uses the insertion of extremely fine needles into points along the pathways to help balance the body’s natural energy and unblock or influence chi. Well-balanced and freely circulating energy returns the body to its innate vitality.
Everyone’s experience with acupuncture will be unique to that person, but most who have this treatment may feel a slight pressure when a needle is going in. Most people find that it doesn’t hurt but the area may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. The needle used is a very thin, strictly regulated metallic filiform acupuncture needle no wider than the diameter of a human hair.
When performing acupuncture, the practitioner will insert the needle strategically at groups of points that will stimulate the central nervous system or muscular fibers. Some may be placed deeper than others depending on the area and condition being addressed. This causes certain chemicals to be released, alleviating pain and provide both a physical and emotional uplifting effect. The number of treatments necessary varies according to the condition as well as the person. Acute conditions may respond within a few treatments, while chronic conditions may require a longer series of treatment.
Acupuncture is a very safe system of health care that can treat a wide variety of conditions.
Some conditions that acupuncture can be used, but not limited to, are:
- Myofascial pain
- Low back pain
- Neck Pain
- Dental pain
- Sports related injuries
- MVA (motor vehicle accident) related injuries
- Post-surgery pain
Acupuncture can be used by itself or as a complementary treatment as a part of a treatment program. Your practitioner may decide that acupuncture should be included as a complementary treatment alongside chiropractic and massage to get you back on the road to whole body health.