Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, sterile needles into different locations of the body to treat pain. It originates from ancient Chinese medicine where it is believed that the body is kept healthy and pain free by the movement of Qi (our life force).
Physical Therapists use acupuncture needles to release muscles from spasm by stimulating the neuromuscular junction. This is where the muscle and nerve meet which is highly excitable. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with other therapies to treat the following:
Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy
Dental pain after surgery
Low back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
It may also help with stroke rehabilitation.
Common benefits from Acupuncture include:
Reduces Headache Pain & Frequency
Helps Relieve Back Pain
Can Reduce Chronic Pain (ie: neck aches and pain, osteoarthritis)
Helps Treat Insomnia
Helps with Cancer & Chemotherapy Recovery (ie: boost recovery time)
Able to Help Prevent Cognitive Decline
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, sterile needles into different locations of the body to treat pain.
Examples include: Headaches, back pain, neck pain, cancer, chemotherapy recovery, insomnia and many more.