Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. Most patients report barely able to feel the needles enter the skin. There are a few sensitive spots on the body that could be needled but even those are not painful. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine and is most commonly used to treat pain. Deeper needling procedures can also be performed to tight muscles and trigger points termed “Dry Needling”. If a patient has a phobia to needles, introduction to the practice can be taken very slow and test spots can be performed.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains this ancient art-form as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — which flows through pathways (meridians) in your body.
Aside from pain reduction, treatments are extremely effective in the reduction of anxiety, depression, fatigue and digestive issues. Acupuncture is becoming more prevalent in today’s fast-paced over stimulating environment. Many hospitals now use acupuncturists to help patients recover quicker from trauma or surgery. Cancer treatments are now incorporating it for pain management and recovery as well.
Many patients describe the feeling of energy moving through the body as they lay quietly during treatment. Some patients respond very strongly even after the first treatment, where as some patients need a few treatments to begin to feel the effects. Patients have reported an overall feeling of relaxation, calmness and happiness after treatment.
Dry needling may be added to your treatment plan for increased tissue healing and blood flow to a specific area. When needles are placed deep into muscle they turn off pain fibers and trigger points. Needling can also reduce the symptoms of some arthritic type pain in the body as well.
Contact Lakeside Spine and Wellness today for any questions you may have about this amazing treatment option. Insurance may cover your treatments as well.