Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that is commonly used for pain relief and to treat a wide variety of conditions. It is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is based on keeping proper levels of energy flowing throughout the body to maintain balance.
There are different types of pain. Acupuncture can assist in healing of all types of pain. Acute pain is a “new” pain. If you twisted your ankle, pulled a muscle, or get a new headache; the sensation is an acute pain. The acute pain is a distress signal from the body that something is not right. Acupuncture can target the area of pain and reduce the symptoms you are experiencing as the root cause heals through adjustments or realignment. Subacute pain is what we experience from repeated stress from any repetitive motion activity. This could be a job experience or hobby. In these cases, acupuncture can help manage the strain on the body and muscles. It is unlikely that the job can be left or that the hobby will be abandoned. It is also important to assess any postural changes that could be made that would allow greater support.
In the case of chronic pain, the distress signal to the body is stuck in the “on” position. Acupuncture can help ease the strain of chronic pain on the body to reduce the anxiety that accompanies chronic pain. Acupuncture can help to normalize or restore proper sleeping patterns. The body heals better with proper rest. Acupuncture can, as stated before, help to stabilize mood and decrease pain.
What are some of the benefits of acupuncture?
Research has shown that stimulating specific points on the body can help relieve pain, improve sleep and digestion and enhance a sense of well-being.
What happens during an acupuncture session?
After an examination, a treatment for your particular needs will be determined. During acupuncture, you lay on a treatment table while precise acupuncture points are stimulated by sterile, fine gauge needles. Most people experience no or minimal discomfort. Many people report feeling very relaxed during and after the treatments.
What are patients saying about acupuncture treatments?
“As a patient with Parkinsons, I have struggled to deal with stability and balance issues throughout the progression of the disease. Dr. Weinstock recommended that I try acupuncture and I’m very glad she did! It has been very helpful in providing me added comfort and increased control of my body. I have more confidence in every step I take now.” –G. Franklin, 67, St. Louis