What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a versatile treatment that is very common in Chinese medicine. The Ancient Chinese held a strong belief that there is energy that flows through our bodies and this energy affects the way we are and the way we act. It can also affect your health as well, so when the energy is blocked, it can cause real problems. The blockages are broken down by inserting very fine needles into the body, stimulating the muscles as well as helping to restore the natural balance and energy flow. Acupuncture is considered to be an alternative form of treatment and it is supported by the WHO and the NIH as well. The FDA has also shown their support for the treatment and this has, in turn, lead to it being accepted by major healthcare providers and insurance representatives’. What Should I Expect? Acupuncture lasts about an hour in general and in some instances, it may also include electrical stimulation. You may feel some relief after the very first treatment but normally the best results are achieved between treatments 5-10, and this is especially the case if you suffer from a chronic condition. Contact us today to find out more. Insurance Coverage Many insurance plans cover acupuncture as a treatment option. Please contact the office to verify if your insurance plan covers acupuncture. For those with no coverage, call our office for self-pay options. Acupuncture can be used for: Arthritis Neck Pain Back Pain Operative Pain Sciatica Carpal Tunnel Fibromyalgia Joint Pain Tennis Elbow Headaches Joint Stiffness Menstrual Cramping Migraines Sprains Myofascial Pain Clusters Migraines Acupuncture has been accepted as an effective treatment for migraines and headaches. It is also suitable for treating back pain and everything between sprains and chronic conditions. Sports Injuries When you are an athlete, it is understandable how an injury can set you back in your career. By adding acupuncture to your healing plan, you can boost your recovery time as well as helping your body to adjust back to its natural form. You will also find that acupuncture can be used to help strengthen and prevent injuries if you are asymptomatic, so there are plenty of benefits available. Neck/Shoulder Tension If you work on a computer all day then you may suffer from neck and shoulder strain or tension. Acupuncture can be a great way to relieve this, promoting relaxation in all of the body. Joint Pain If you have pain in any of your joints then you will find that they can be treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture also helps to relieve any tension that may be contributing to the problem as well. Arthritis Acupuncture has been proven to be effective when it comes to reducing inflammation in the joints. It is very safe and it can also be used to help manage arthritis as well as other related conditions. Nerve Damage You may have nerve damage from a traumatic injury or you may have a viral or bacterial infection, either way, acupuncture remains to be one of the top ways to treat the problem and it is also suitable for nutritional deficiencies and autoimmune diseases as well. If you are taking acupuncture sessions because you have a nutritional deficiency, it may be worth adjusting your diet as well as talking to your doctor about your plans.