Medical acupuncture is a form of therapy that involves the insertion of fine solid needles into tissue in order to create physiological changes in the local tissue and surrounding nerves. Electro-acupuncture is sometimes used to enhance the effects of acupuncture.
The needles, with or without electricity, act as a stimulus to which local tissue responds. Careful location of the needles can have multiple results including pain and trigger point relief, modulation of motor activity and blood flow, improvement in function, and regulation of nerve activity.
Acupuncture is considered a very low risk treatment available for patients. Like any form of treatment, there are possible side effects that you should be aware of before receiving acupuncture. The doctor will review all of these on your first visit.
The use of chiropractic care and acupuncture together provide the patient with an efficient treatment plan as both techniques are used to target pain and dysfunction within muscles, joints and nerves.
Medical Acupuncture has been shown to help with:
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain and radiating arm pain
- Back pain and sciatica
- Shoulder pain
- Arm and leg pain
- Nerve entrapment/pain
- Elbow pain (Tennis or Golfer’s elbow)
- Disc bulges
- Wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Foot and ankle pain
- Hip pain