Acupuncture: Increasing Vitality While Alleviating Pain

Acupuncture is a healing art believed to originate in ancient China. Modern studies prove that acupuncture is an effective treatment for many pain conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, myofascial trigger point pain, postoperative pain, and nausea.

The traditional theory of acupuncture centers on the concept of qi energy (pronounced “Chee”). Qi flows through the body’s energy pathways, known as meridians. Meridians match certain organs or groups of organs. Traditional Chinese Medicine says that disease is caused by an imbalance of this energy flow through the meridians. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to reduce pain and improve sleep, digestive function, and a sense of well-being. The evidence provided by these studies has resulted in acupuncture frequently being incorporated into modern pain management interventions.

“Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles at acupuncture points (acupoints) into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may enhance the treatment effects.”

Acupuncturists describe the treatment as balancing the body’s energies and life force. Modern medicine proves that acupuncture increases the secretion of endorphins (the body’s natural pain and stress relievers), calms anxiety, raises levels of immune antibodies and white blood cells, improves circulation, and reduces pain levels.

What to Expect During Treatment

Acupuncture sessions are quite relaxing, and you should experience little to no discomfort during the treatment.

You will lie down comfortably on a treatment table, and the acupuncturist will insert thin needles into acupoints on your body depending on your symptoms and conditions. You may feel a moment of discomfort or nothing at all when the needles are inserted. You will rest for 25 to 45 minutes with the needles in place to allow for the beneficial, healing effects to take place.

Your doctor may recommend a series of acupuncture sessions depending on the success of your first session. Although you may feel a significant reduction in your pain immediately after your session, you may need to undergo several sessions to feel long- term results.

Medical acupuncture is often used in a comprehensive treatment plan for pain relief and is covered by many insurance plans. Innovative Health and Wellness wants to help you make the best possible choices regarding your health. Join the millions of Americans who have found relief with acupuncture, and a pathway to wellness with our innovative and natural approach to healthcare. Ask the front desk staff about it at your next appointment or call 480-582-1653.

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