FAQ’s on Acupuncture
Acupuncture therapy is the application of carefully placed needles, pressure, heat, and other forms of treatment to very specific areas of the body to create change in the physical function of that area.
Acupuncture is derived from one of the oldest pain relief methods on the planet. Originating in China and dating back millennia, modern research has updated acupuncture to be one of the foremost tools at the disposal of our clinic to provide therapeutic relief to patients.
What will Acupuncture treat?
There are a large variety of applications for acupuncture therapy. It has uses against respiratory disease, with methodologies in use to assist with rhinitis, sinusitis, and tonsillitis. Acute bronchitis, asthma, conjunctivitis, myopia, and cataracts can each also be assisted with the careful application of acupuncture therapy.
Acupuncture for pain management
Acupuncture functions by decreasing the inflammation and pain in a given area while working to promote an increased blood flow and functional range of motion. Used as a tool to help prevent nausea occurring from chemotherapy medication, acupuncture is also used to help reduce muscle spasms in a method similar to trigger point injections.
Patients who are suffering pain due to a whiplash injury are also likely able to obtain relief with acupuncture, as it has been shown to activate the endogenous analgesia areas to provide natural pain relief (acupuncture activate endogenous analgesia in chronic whiplash-associated disorders, 2013).
There are numerous orthopedic conditions that can benefit from the improvement of blood flow and range of movement restoration provided by acupuncture. These include sciatica, pain due to arthritic inflammation, pain in the lumbar region of the spine, complications with the elbow (such as with tennis elbow), and applications for pain in the knee.
Acupuncture has only been shown to have a positive effect on certain neurologic disorders, including both headaches and migraines, pain due to trigeminal neuralgia, and peripheral neuropathy. Patients who are suffering from chronic or episodic migraines in particular can benefit, as acupuncture has been shown to decrease both the intensity of the migraine and the frequency at which they occur. After attending 2 sessions a week for 4 weeks, then 1 session a week for 4 weeks, patients receiving acupuncture treatment for migraine had beneficial effects lasting over three months beyond the final session with no negative repercussions (Standardized set-point acupuncture for migraines).
How is Acupuncture performed?
Upon first visiting our clinic, an acupuncture practitioner will set down with the patient to perform a medical history and a physical exam. These will be combined to develop the ideal treatment plan, with each treatment plan tailored to the unique requirements of the patient to provide the best option for relief.
This initial visit should take no more than one or two hours, based on how complicated symptoms are and on how thorough the treatment plan must be. Each follow-up session should take considerably less time.
How well does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is performed as a painless outpatient procedure that uses extremely thin needles to ensure the transition into the skin is smooth. Patients may feel slight pressure or warmth at the location of each needle, but there is an almost zero chance of pain occurring. While the thought of a needle conjures up an image of a large hypodermic for many patients, the needles used by acupuncture are incredibly thin.
What are the risks of Acupuncture?
There are no known risks associated with acupuncture treatment. There is the slight chance of pain occurring during the insertion of the needle, with additional risk if the needle becomes dislodged or misplaced due to being struck.
What is the bottom line of Acupuncture?
With the ability to provide relief for many orthopedic conditions, and with minimal procedural time or risk, acupuncture is a very reliable noninvasive treatment method for patients experiencing pain.