Acupuncture for Chiropractic Care
Acupuncture is a medical treatment that uses very fine needles inserted into various points on the skin, to stimulate specific points on the body for therapeutic purposes. It can be used as the primary treatment for a disorder, or as an add-on therapy to support other medical treatments
Acupuncture is used to successfully treat a variety of conditions, including: headaches; neck and low back pain; shoulder pain; TMJ; fibromyalgia; carpal tunnel syndrome; knee pain related to osteoarthritis; sinusitis; female infertility; addiction; nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy.
Small hair-like needles are inserted into acupuncture points on the body. The needles are usually left in place for up to twenty minutes. The needles stimulate the release of endorphins and hormones in the muscles, spinal column and brain. This can change the patient’s perception of pain and also stimulate the body’s internal regulating system to operate in a more healthful way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt?
- No. The needles used are smaller than needles used for injections. Some patients may feel a slight discomfort at the moment of insertion, but after that no pain is felt.
Are their any potential side effects?
- There are virtually no side effects from acupuncture when delivered by a trained professional. Few complications have been reported to the FDA, in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Please discuss potential side effects with your health care professional.
Who can perform acupuncture?
- Treatments should always be performed by someone certified in Acupuncture.
How long has acupuncture been used?
- Acupuncture has been used for more than 3,000 years in China. The traditional theory of acupuncture states that the body’s energy or Qi (pronounced Chee) travels through the body in channels called meridians. These meridians can become blocked preventing the flow of Qi. Acupuncture helps to restore the flow of Qi through the body.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
- Many insurance companies will reimburse for treatments. Please consult with our office staff to confirm your insurance benefits