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Acupuncture for pain relief

Acupuncture is an ancient art that Asian medicine has been using for centuries to treat many conditions and relieve pain. Currently we use it successfully in the United States and other Western countries, too. Thus, we can ease conditions ranging from back pain to nerve pain, to headaches, fibromyalgia, and menstrual cramps — and more.

Medical acupuncture is the term that describes the procedure performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who also had training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Dr Sisu can use acupuncture alone or in combination with other modalities such as Osteopathy and Integrative Medicine, to treat an illness.

What is the procedure?

The goal of treatment is to increase blood flow to different areas of the body, to encourage the body to release endorphins – the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals and to improve functioning. Therefore, the acupuncturist inserts hair-thin needles and applies heat or electrical stimulation at very precise points.

What does it treat?

Acupuncture treatments can help correct imbalances in digestion, improve musculoskeletal pain and help stress and emotional conditions.

At Restore Balance Integrative medicine we use acupuncture to treat conditions like:

  • muscle spasms and pain
  • chronic back problems and pain
  • headaches, including reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines
  • neck pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • knee pain
  • sinusitis
  • digestive problems
  • mood, depression

How long does it take?

The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. During the session the acupuncturist typically inserts 10-20 needles and leaves them in place for 20 to 30 minutes while you rest. A usual course of treatment includes 6 to 12 sessions over a three-month period.

For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. Yet, for acute problems, usually fewer visits are required.

Is it safe?

The procedure is generally quite safe, and the complication rate appears to be quite low.

Acupuncture produces improved energy and biochemical balance, which results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.