Considered to be a conservative and alternative treatment, acupuncture has its roots in China. This treatment method is one of the oldest types of therapy practiced anywhere in the world, and it is considered effective for many different types of conditions and ailments.
What Acupuncture Entails
Acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles into the skin, targeting the underlying tissue at varying depths. The needles are strategically placed in precise areas to target pain and relieve symptoms.
The needles used are sterile and single-use, which provides safety for each patient. A skilled and licensed acupuncturist can help provide satisfying pain management and relief with the treatment.
Am I a Candidate?
While not every ache and pain can be managed by acupuncture, the ancient practice is an option for a large variety, including:
- Asthma and sinusitis
- Post-operative pain
- Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea and gastritis)
- Menstrual cramps
- Neck and back pain
- Orthopedic conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
In many cases, acupuncture is combined with other treatment methods, such as prescription medication. By using acupuncture with other methods of relief, patients often see maximized results and are ready to return to their day-to-day life even sooner.
What Can I Expect?
You may notice an aching sensation when the needles are first place, but this goes away quickly. The needles stay in place anywhere from five to 20 minutes. Sometimes, heat/electrical impulses are applied to the needles to maximize effectiveness.
It is most common for patients to have weekly or biweekly treatment sessions of acupuncture lasting for approximately six weeks.