Acupuncture is a technique rooted in Chinese tradition. It dates back to 100 B.C. In modern acupuncture, the acupuncturist uses sterilized or single-use fine metal needles to puncture the skin with the goal of balancing the flow of energy in the body. The needles are often placed along invisible energy pathways, called meridians. It is believed the stimulation of points along these meridians can encourage the body to produce its own natural pain killing hormones and can also increase the flow of blood. Increased blood circulation aids and speeds the healing process by helping the body flush toxins from an injured area more quickly.

During acupuncture treatment the patient will have several very thin needles placed into the skin at varying depths. These needles may be left in the skin for a period of time generally lasting 15 minutes to an hour. Sometimes the acupuncturist will manipulate the needles by hand after they are initially inserted. Heat and electric stimulation is sometimes used in conjunction with the needles. The patient may feel pressure when the needles are inserted. Your provider may recommend several treatment sessions in order to properly rebalance your system.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of issues. One of the most common uses of acupuncture is for pain relief. Patients can receive relief from the pain of headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain from acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture has also been helpful in those suffering from myofascial pain, caused by muscle spasms, as well as in those suffering with the pain of fibromyalgia. Acupuncture can also be used to help patients suffering with asthma as well as those who are dealing with the withdrawal symptoms associated with recovery from drug or alcohol addition. Acupuncture is also believed to be helpful in stroke rehabilitation.