Acupuncture is a component of ancient Chinese medicine where various needles are inserted at specific points in the body for the treatment of pain.1 The Chinese believe that the energy in one’s body (known as chi) must be balanced and allowed to flow through various pathways. Therefore, if the chi is blocked in any way, this energy flow is replenished and restored by the insertion of needles.
However, there are many Western views about this practice that contrast with the traditional view. Westerners often see acupuncture as a way to stimulate the nerves, muscles and tissues of the body. They believe this stimulation would increase blood flow, which in turn helps reduce one’s pain.
Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain/discomfort associated with nausea, dental work, headaches, back aches, neck pain and menstrual cramps. Acupuncture has been proved to aid in short term relief, but does not always produce long term benefits.
Acupuncture should always be performed by a trained professional to ensure safety and efficiency. This technique has little to no risk, but of those they include minor muscle soreness at needle sites, organ injury if the needle is pushed too deep, and infection if the needles have been reused. If you are on blood thinners, have a pacemaker, or are pregnant you should consult your medical professional before seeking treatment.
Understand that everyone responds differently to acupuncture and symptoms may or may not improve depending on the person. If you are struggling with pain and believe acupuncture may be right for you, give it a try. Remember to consult your medical professional and acupuncturist before receiving treatment. For your convenience, Physical Solutions does have a trained acupuncturist on location! Feel free to contact us at any time.