While Western medical techniques and discoveries made during the last century have contributed marked improvements to disease and injury care worldwide, it’s millennia old Eastern medical philosophies that are currently shaping the health and wellness industries. Ancient medical systems like Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine are making a comeback, and modern scientists are only now looking to confirm the value of alternative healing methods like acupuncture in treating a variety of conditions and restoring patients to better health. What is acupuncture, and how can it help you find better health and chronic pain relief?
What is Acupuncture Treatment?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that is a key part of traditional Chinese medicine. It’s believed it was first established as a practice around 100BC, and it involves balancing the flow of energy through the body by inserting very small needles as specific points along meridians, or energy lines in the body. According to the 2017 Integrative Physician Market Landscape Study, a rapidly growing number of physicians are looking to alternative treatment methods like acupuncture for providing their patients with a personalized, whole-person approach to improve their well-being, and are moving away from simply treating the symptoms of a condition instead of getting to the source of the problem.
What Can You Expect at a Treatment?
Meridians, or the lines where energy flows in the body, and the specific acupuncture points where needles can be inserted lie all over the body, so depending on the condition or injury for which you’re seeking treatment, you may need to shift or remove articles of clothing for the application.
- An initial treatment appointment may take up to an hour, follow up visits about half that
- Anywhere between 5 and 20 fine needles are inserted, often with very little to no discomfort
- Needles are sometimes adjusted, and left in place for about 10-20 minutes
- Needles are quickly removed with no discomfort or bleeding
After the treatment, some patients will feel very relaxed, and others energized, but everyone will have a slightly different response and follow up with your practitioner is encouraged.
How can Acupuncture Improve Health and Provide Chronic Pain Relief?
According to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncture is a treatment method used to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with a variety of conditions, including:
- Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Dental pain, Labor Pain, Menstrual Cramps, Low back or Neck Pain
- Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines, stress relief
- Osteoarthritis conditions, and even respiratory disorders
It’s believed that the various insertion points around the body connect channels for qi or chi, the vital, life-sustaining energy, as it courses through the body. By stimulating the correct areas at the correct depth, blockages can be released, allowing energy to flow unimpeded. “We don’t understand the mechanisms of these so-called alternative treatments, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work,” said Dr. James Young of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center.
Synergy Health Offers Acupuncture Treatment in Naples
Acupuncture is a safe and natural, drug-free method for easing chronic pain and an effective means to restoring your health. At Synergy Health, we focus on using this alternative approach to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue and for boosting the body’s natural capacity for healing. Contact us today to learn more about how acupuncture can complement your current chronic pain treatments.