Acupuncture is a treatment method that dates back to ancient China. It involves inserting needles into strategic areas of the body in order to relieve pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, it was thought that acupuncture balanced the energy flow through the pathways in the body. The insertion of needles was thought to rebalance energy flow. Western practitioners view acupuncture as a way to stimulate nerves, connective tissue, and muscles. The stimulation is thought to increase natural sources of pain relief in the body.
We use multiple techniques, including dry needling, trigger point therapy, and minimally invasive whole-body techniques. This holistic method is used to treat pain in many areas of the body and is a go-to for those struggling with pain.
What to Expect During Acupuncture
During an acupuncture treatment, you may be asked to change into a gown. Acupuncture points are not always directly in the area of the pain you are experiencing, so the practitioner will need to reach points from head to toe. The thin needles are inserted to various depths into the appropriate points on the body. There is little to no discomfort with the needles. The practitioner may move or twirl the needles, apply heat or cold, or use mild electrical impulses to enhance the effects. The needles will usually remain in place for about 20-30 minutes as you relax. Most patients do not even feel needle removal.