Acupuncture may seem like a strange, outside-the-box form of treatment that you might not ever picture needing. Who wants to be poked with countless needles as a form of treatment? This is supposed to reduce pain? It’s understandable to be skeptical.
But the truth is many different people can benefit from acupuncture. Many full service chiropractors actually offer acupuncture at their practice. This blog will lay out what acupuncture really is, if it is painful, and why anyone would use it as a method of treatment or proactive care. This historic practice is still commonly used in modern medical offices today. Why has it remained so popular for so long?
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What Is Acupuncture?
Using strategic points throughout your body, acupuncture is the method of using thin needles to penetrate these specific areas, generally as a means to treat pain or promote overall wellness.
This ancient, traditional Chinese practice is believed to be over 3,000 years old. Medicine practitioners, even those from that time, believe there are more than 2,000 specific acupuncture points throughout the human body. These points are all connected through channels or meridians.
How It Works
- Traditional Chinese medical practitioners believe acupuncture is a means of promoting positive flow of chi (chee) throughout the body by using these acupuncture points as connectors.
- The thin needles will help you rebalance your chi
- This process may take up to an hour
- There are usually one or two treatments per week
- A typical treatment uses 5 to 20 needles
- A practitioner may use needle manipulation — the act of moving or twirling needles while they’re inserted into a patient’s body, or apply heat or small bits of electricity
- Generally the needles will remain in place for 10 to 15 minutes
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Because the needles are so thin, generally patients don’t even feel them being inserted. However, this may vary depending on your focus area or how much manipulation is needed. After the procedure, patients often report feeling relaxed or energized.
Who Actually Uses Acupuncture?
Anyone could utilize acupuncture as a means to improve their overall wellness or treat a variety of pain-oriented issues. This can be a regular therapeutic treatment for anyone wanting to improve their chi and feel more relaxed, or more energetic on a regular basis. However, acupuncture is commonly treated for the following conditions:
- Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Dental pain
- Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
- Labor pain
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis
- Tennis elbow
Conclusion – Who Needs Acupuncture Treatment?
The reality is acupuncture can be beneficial for nearly anyone. But it may not work for everyone. If you’re dealing with chronic pain or stiffness in your body, acupuncture can help to improve your blood flow and make you feel better on a daily basis.
Those who might benefit most from acupuncture include those with chronic pain, those who work in manual labor, or athletes who put a continuous strain on their bodies. Acupuncture, generally, does not hurt at all, despite its menacing appearance. If your symptoms don’t improve after a few acupuncture treatment sessions, you might want to explore other forms of treatment. But who knows, it’s worth a try!