With acupuncture, a therapist inserts very thin needles in strategic points throughout the body that falls along lines of energy referred to as meridians. It’s an ancient Chinese practice designed to balance the flow of energy.Modern day therapists understand there’s more to the healing power of acupuncture than balancing one’s life force. Today, we know that the insertion of these special needles stimulates the nerves and underlying soft tissue in a way that triggers the body’s natural painkillers and enhances circulation.
Acupuncture does what chemical painkillers won't – provides long-lasting relief from chronic pain. Over-the-counter meds do little more than mask pain. Acupuncture calls on the body’s natural healing elements to provide a better solution, one that doesn’t go away in 4, 8, or 12 hours.
Most people would find some benefit from this ancient practice, but it’s best suited for those who suffer chronic pain. Some conditions that find relief with this form of therapy include:
Also, acupuncture works to help relieve allergies and facial paralysis like Bell’s palsy.
The therapists tend to have their own styles for application of acupuncture, but it starts with a discussion of your current symptoms, lifestyle, and habits. The practitioner may do a brief examination, as well, to determine your overall health and look at the site of your pain.
During the treatment, the acupuncturist has you lie down while explaining where the needles will go and why. You may be asked to change into a gown for the treatment, as well.
Acupuncture needles are so thin that you won’t feel pain but you might notice some stinging at the insertions sites and perhaps some muscle ache. The practitioner often twirls or moves the needles which may cause slight discomfort, as well. The application is sometimes accompanied with heat or electrical stimulation that causes a mild sensation, too. Patients state they leave acupuncture treatments feeling relaxed and energized, so a little mild irritation is worth it.