The Chinese practice of acupuncture is now a popular alternative therapy for a range of ailments and as part of a pain management regimen. The technique involves inserting thin needles through your skin at strategic points on the body, known as “meridians.” By unblocking meridians, acupuncture helps improve energy flow in the body which enhances healing. Western medicine has embraced acupuncture as a technique for stimulating connective tissues, nerves and muscles. Secondary benefits are improved blood flow and the release of natural pain reducers.request an appointment
How is Acupuncture Different?
Chiropractors receive special certification to perform acupuncture on their patients. Acupuncture in chiropractic environments has been studied, and the research indicates that the technique does relieve lower back pain, neck pain and headaches. Patients who undergo chiropractic acupuncture may also experience secondary benefits, such as lower blood pressure and reduction in respiratory symptoms.
What Conditions are Treated with Acupuncture?
We recommend acupuncture to patients living with:
- Fertility issues
- Chronic headaches
- Symptoms that develop during pregnancy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sinus pressure
- Pain in the back, neck, shoulders, legs, knees and feet
Who is a Good Candidate for Acupuncture?
You may not be a good candidate for acupuncture if you have a fear of needles or are concerned with the validity of alternative therapies. If you are unsure about the efficacy and safety of acupuncture, we will take the time to describe the procedure. We can easily adapt your acupuncture sessions to you comfort level.
What Should I Expect from Acupuncture?
We recommend that you eat a small meal one to two hours before the acupuncture treatment. You should avoid excessive activity before and after your acupuncture session.
The goal of acupuncture is to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. During your first few treatments, you may experience a very deep sense of relaxation, and you may even feel slightly disoriented. This is a normal response to the technique. You may want to have someone available to drive you home.
The needles that are used for acupuncture treatments are the same width as a human hair, and they are very flexible. Most patients do not realize that the needles have been inserted. The chiropractor may manipulate the needle slightly once it is inserted. This may produce a sensation that pressure accompanied by a dull ache, or you may feel a stimulating sensation travel through the treatment area.
Acute conditions may require four to eight treatments, but you will notice an improvement after just one or two treatments. Chronic conditions may require more treatments to alleviate your ailments.
How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?
As research continues to support the health benefits of acupuncture and other alternative therapies, medical insurance carriers are adding these options to their policies. Coverage varies, though, so we cannot provide a cost until after your consultation appointment. We will explain what portion is covered by insurance and what portion is your responsibility.
Acupuncture has been an integral part of Chinese medicine for centuries, and the technique is emerging as a safe and effective intervention for integrative medicine patients. Contact us to schedule a personal consultation and learn how acupuncture can help alleviate your symptoms.