Acupuncture Treatment

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a holistic healing technique & a form of alternative medicine that involves inserting needles into targeted areas of the body. It is an age-old healing practice of over 2,500 years of traditional Chinese medicine that has proven effective in relieving pain over thousands of years.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture treatment involves balancing life force or energy, known as Chi or Qi. It’s believed that chi flows through several pathways or meridians in the body. When needles are inserted into specific points of the meridians, the energy flow in the body re-balances. Western medicine practitioners believe inserting needles at superficial body structures can help stimulate tissues, muscles, and nerves. Thus, as a result, activating the body’s natural painkillers.

Acupuncture services can also address wellness issues, including stress and anxiety.

What does Acupuncture feel like?

If you are considering Acupuncture services, you might want to have a basic understanding of what Acupuncture feels like. You might feel a mild ache or a tingling sensation during your Acupuncture sessions as soon as the needle is used. Acupuncture does not hurt since the needles used are very thin. Many patients do not even feel the needles being inserted at all. 

You can expect to feel a spreading sensation of warmth engulfing the area where the needle was inserted. This is a good sign that the Acupuncture treatment you are getting is effective. The main goal of Acupuncture is to relieve pain and a wide range of other symptoms. Chiropractic clinics offer safe, effective Acupuncture, so you can expect all the benefits without any adverse effects of the procedure.

Conditions can be Treated By Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help people attain good health by treating a variety of health problems. The treatment can be used with other conventional medical treatments to address a variety of conditions, including:

  1. Obstetrics and Gynecology: Including PMS, fetal malposition, menstrual pain and cramping, infertility, and menopausal symptoms
  2. Arthritis and orthopedics: Bone, joints, nerves, and muscle problems
  3. Alcohol, narcotics, and smoking addictions
  4. Nervous disorders, including stroke, anxiety, depression, neuralgia, and others
  5. Heart and blood vessels problems, such as high blood pressure and angina
  6.  Constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) issues
  7. Obesity and weight gain

Acupuncture for Sciatica Pain

According to an NCBI study, a systematic review of the evidence found that acupuncture was more effective than other traditional treatments, such as medication or physical therapy, in relieving sciatica pain. Acupuncture not only helps to relieve your sciatica nerve pain but also addresses the source of your pain. Acupuncture treatment aims for the low back and sciatic nerve by inserting needles in the specified acupuncture points to increase blood and Qi flow, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pressure from the nerve surrounding the lumbar spine segments. Acupuncture is a highly effective therapy for the relief of sciatica pain, owing to which it has shown great promise in scientific studies.

Considerations when choosing Acupuncture

Acupuncture is often a big deal, especially for patients who are still new to alternative medicine. There are a few things you need to consider when choosing Acupuncture.

  • The Acupuncture practitioner

Acupuncture is a sensitive procedure. For the best results, you require a highly qualified Acupuncture practitioner. He has years of experience in offering Acupuncture treatments to patients who need help with their pain.

  • Ensure that you are the right candidate for Acupuncture

Acupuncture is very effective for handling pain, but it is not for everyone. You should discuss with your acupuncturist if you have a pacemaker, implants, chronic skin diseases, or an infection. You should also inform your acupuncturist if you are pregnant. This information is essential as it can cause a problem if you do not tell your doctor about it.

  • Understanding the treatment plan

Before you proceed to begin your Acupuncture sessions, ensure that you fully understand the treatment plan. You will be better off with an acupuncturist who explains every detail of the treatment session to you. You should never be left in the dark when you are about to start your Acupuncture treatment.

Benefits Of Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care

There are so many benefits of Acupuncture. Acupuncture is one of the best investments you can make for your health, especially if you are experiencing a lot of pain that you want to get rid of.

Acupuncture will restore your health and improve your well-being through advanced and reliable techniques. Good Acupuncture and chiropractic care can help you improve your daily functions and the quality of your life.

Acupuncture Benefits

Acupuncture is an excellent alternative to modern treatments because of the following reasons:

  • Controls some types of pain naturally
  • It helps patients who can’t use modern pain medications
  • Safe with few side effects
  • Works effectively with other treatments
  • Cost-effective compared to other treatment options
  • Effective at treating a variety of conditions
  • It can treat multiple conditions simultaneously, for example, lower back pain and knee pain

Traditional Chinese Medicine 

This method of medicine has been used for thousands of years. TCM works based on manipulating the body’s life force, also known as Qi. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is widely accepted in the medical scene all over the world. This is because of its effectiveness in restoring the health of patients who get treated with this means.

Chiropractic Adjustment

This is a procedure in which chiropractors use their hands or a small object to apply force to the spinal joints. Chiropractors are well-trained in the use of spinal manipulation to improve your spinal motion and your body’s physical motion. They use chiropractic adjustments to relieve low back pain, neck pain, muscle aches, pinched nerve, and headaches. Patients who usually get the adjustments will relief from pain and overall improved well-being.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique that is usually used in massage. It is an effective way to release trigger points and improve blood circulation. Chiropractors utilize myofascial release to release tightness, and pain and improve the level of motion in the patient.

You need a myofascial release if you have persistent pain that does not seem to go away, even with remedies like the use of ice packs. Most people experience an immediate feeling of relief after their session.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy aims to relieve pain and improve mobile function. Chiropractors also use it to help patients recover from sports-related injuries. It is used to promote, maintain, and restore the physical health of a patient.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does Acupuncture treat?

  • Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Low back pain
  • Dental pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
  • Labor pain
  • Neck pain
  • Menstrual cramps

Q: How long do the effects of treatment last

The amount of time that an Acupuncture treatment will last depends on a few factors. Generally, the effects of Acupuncture can last for a week or longer. These sessions will effectively help you to feel less pain.

Content Reviewed by
Dr. Gregory Lee, Doctor of Chiropractic Fairfax
Doctor Of Chiropractic