Acupuncture is a medical treatment that is often used for pain relief. The actual procedure involves inserting very thin needles in different spots in the body, at various depths. Scientific research suggests that while this does have a positive effect on treating pain, the specifics of how it works is still unclear. Some individuals suggest that acupuncture works through balancing vital energies, while others believe that it triggers a neurological response that helps to alleviate pain.
We at CA Acupuncture & Chiropractic believe that the balancing of your energy can help relieve pain, boost wellbeing and even cure some illnesses. Many patients use acupuncture to treat high blood pressure, headaches, joint pain, and even whooping cough.
While science is still unclear on exactly how the process that acupuncture uses works, traditional Chinese medicine suggests that it balances the life forces or “Qi." Qi is an energy that is believed to flow through the meridians in the body. These energy flows can be accessed through 350 different acupuncture points in the body. When a needle is inserted into these points, it is believed to help restore the balance of energy.
While science cannot prove this theory, there is evidence that it does help with certain conditions. The scientific belief is that the acupuncture points are in areas where muscles, nerves and connective tissue are likely to be stimulated. Stimulation of these areas increases blood flow which may be the reason that acupuncture can help with pain relief.
Patients use acupuncture for a variety of reasons and additional research has found that acupuncture can help with several conditions.
These conditions are:
Low back pain
High and low blood pressures
Chemotherapy-induced nausea or vomiting
Painful menstrual cycles
This is only a partial list based on separate scientific findings, but there are many other conditions that may be helped by acupuncture.
When acupuncture is compared to other treatment methods for similar conditions, it becomes apparent that there are significant advantages.
Acupuncture is overwhelmingly safe
There are very few side effects
It can control some types of pain
It is an alternative for some pain medications
It can be combined with other treatments, such as chiropractic care
Acupuncture is becoming more widely accepted as a medical practice. Dr. Steiner is aware of how to blend acupuncture with chiropractic care as part of a holistic treatment plan for their patients.
Due to the success of acupuncture, several insurance plans are now offering coverage, but be sure to check with us as well as your insurance provider to see if your treatment is covered.
While acupuncture is considered a safe procedure, there are some potential side effects that have been reported. Individuals that have certain blood clotting diseases or are taking blood thinners should not use acupuncture. Some bleeding or bruising at the insertion site has been noted and in rare cases, deep insertions have resulted in a needle breaking and damaging an internal organ or collapsing a lung. For these reasons, it is important to discuss your concerns with us.