Acupuncture is well-known for its unique approach to pain management. There aren’t many medical procedures like it. Inserting needles into the skin to reduce pain makes it stand out in the realm of holistic pain treatments.
However, while you’ve likely heard of acupuncture, you might not fully understand the procedure. Our doctors at Integrated Health Solutions have performed acupuncture on countless patients and know all there is to the treatment. We’re happy to answer your questions: simply give us a call!
History of Acupuncture
Acupuncture’s origins can be traced back thousands of years to traditional Chinese medicine practices. It was generally believed that acupuncture restores the body’s energy flow, called Chi, through their pathways. By restoring the flow of Chi, the body is better able to heal and fight against diseases.
However, in modern American medicine, acupuncture is appreciated for its scientifically-based benefits. Many doctors recognize its capabilities in stimulating nerves and muscles, which may promote natural healing throughout the body. What’s more, acupuncture is being used for individuals facing anxiety and emotional distress since the procedure is known to relax and energize patients.
Why Choose Acupuncture?
When you’ve been using pain medication, you know how inconvenient and downright dangerous the side effects can be. Drowsiness, upset stomach, dizziness and countless other side effects create further discomfort on top of your chronic pain. Even worse, continuously using medication is associated with certain health risks.
Fortunately, you are not doomed to a life of pills and surgeries. Acupuncture is one of the many noninvasive pain treatments you can try. The procedure is safe for nearly all individuals, regardless of age or health condition. Because there are minimal risks involved, you truly have nothing to lose by giving it a chance!
Acupuncture has been shown to effectively reduce pain associated with many common conditions, such as:
- Digestive issues
- Menstrual pain
- Back pain
Since acupuncture can be done on all parts of the body, it can be used to treat many kinds of pain. Speak to one of our doctors to learn more about how acupuncture can help your specific condition.
What to Expect
Acupuncture may sound intimidating, but the procedure is often misrepresented. Most patients find the process very comfortable and relaxing. Your initial appointment will most likely be the longest. First, your doctor will do a physical examination and learn more about the history of your pain and its location. Then, your doctor will insert up to 20 needles into your skin.
You may feel slight pain when they reach their optimal depth, but after that, the procedure is quite relaxing and pain-free. The needles will remain in your skin for around 15 minutes before being removed.
Most patients experience a gradual reduction in pain, meaning it may take several weekly sessions before you get the results you want. However, we are confident that you’ll be satisfied with acupuncture as a pain-free, low-risk treatment!
Try Acupuncture at Integrated Health Solutions
If you’re interested in trying acupuncture as a form of natural pain relief, visit Integrated Health Solutions. Discuss your options with one of our doctors and learn more about the benefits of acupuncture. Contact us using our online form or by calling us today!