Most people are familiar with what acupuncture is but are unsure of how it works and what it’s used for. Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in China. In our office, we use Chinese acupuncture with Western medical knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
Here are some of the commonly asked questions about acupuncture.
Acupuncture is used for a wide variety of conditions. At our clinic acupuncture is usually used for pain relief and to promote healing. It can also be used for some visceral conditions, like indigestion. Some of the most common conditions treated with acupuncture in our office are:
- headaches (migraine and tension)
- muscle strains
- tendonitis (golfer’s and tennis elbow)
- rotator cuff problems
Acupuncture uses sterile disposable needles that are only a fraction the size of a traditional hypodermic needle used to draw blood. You can fit fifteen acupuncture needles inside the average diameter of one hypodermic needle. usually the needles are inserted with no discomfort at all.
Acupuncture works by inserting needles into very specific spots in the affected structures. This stimulates the nervous system to release biochemicals that reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
Yes, acupuncture is very safe if performed by a certified acupuncture provider.