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Acupuncture

Woman getting acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing, improve function and reduce pain. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

How does acupuncture work?

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.

The meridians can be influenced by stimulating the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in digestion, absorption, energy production activities, and in the circulation of energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulatory system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Conditions That Benefit From Acupuncture

Chinese Acupunture

  • Headaches
  • Nerve pain
  • Back pain
  • Allergies

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed differ from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required.

Is acupuncture painful?

Pain Scale

People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal sensation as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not painful like injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is much less than when using a hollow needle.

Because your doctor uses disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatments.

Ask our Raleigh or Wakefield chiropractors if acupuncture will be helpful for your condition!  

To schedule, please call one of our knowledgeable team members.

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