Benefits of Acupuncture At Lifetime Health and Wellness
Acupuncture is thought to be a group of procedures, not one specific approach to disease or pain management. All practices of acupuncture involve stimulating specific points on the body by using a variety of techniques. Most commonly, needle acupuncture is performed using solid, thin needles to lightly puncture the skin, however, acupressure and laser acupuncture are options as well. The primary goal of acupuncture is to unblock a disruption to the flow of energy (the Qi) in the body. There are several benefits that come with receiving an acupuncture treatment by a trained acupuncturist, including relief for chronic pain. Acupuncture is a safe, alternative method for relieving the symptoms of a wide range of health problems and conditions, without the use of drugs and/or surgery.
Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment
The most common use of acupuncture is for the treatment of chronic pain, especially back and neck pain; however, it is also beneficial in relieving the pain and stiffness that is often associated with arthritis. Other benefits of acupuncture treatment include:
- Reduces headaches and migraines
- Helps treat insomnia
- Improves cancer and chemotherapy recovery
- Helps to prevent cognitive decline
- Helps ease the physical and emotional strain on the body during pregnancy as well as postpartum
- Relieves carpal tunnel discomfort
- Helps whiplash associated disorders
- Helps with Gastrointestinal Issues (nausea, vomiting, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc.)
- Used to help with various hormonal imbalances
How Does an Acupuncture Treatment Work?
Before beginning an acupuncture session, the doctor will gather your medical history and talk with you about your symptoms and your health-related goals. They will then generally look at your tongue and press on your vital organs to check for any noticeable signs of an imbalance. You will be asked to lay flat on a table and then they will place small sterile and disposable needles along specific meridians (trigger points) on your body. The needles are generally left in place for a short period of time while your energy is reworking and balancing itself. Once the needles are removed, you can return to your normal activities.
Is There a Difference Between Acupuncture and Dry needling?
Dry needling is similar to an acupuncture treatment in that it involves using extremely thin needles pushed through the skin in order to relieve pain and illness by stimulating a trigger point. The primary difference between dry needling and acupuncture is that acupuncture is intended to unblock energy meridians in order to create balance within your body. Acupuncture focuses on addressing the energy flow around your body and organs, while dry needling focuses on stimulating the specific trigger points that are causing your pain. Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment option and it will provide benefits in range of motion and joint use right away; however, sometimes several sessions are necessary in order to achieve the optimum benefits.
Contact Us Today for Acupuncture Treatment
To learn more information about how acupuncture or dry needling can help relieve your pain, contact Lifetime Health and Wellness at 303-423-4610.