Treatments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles in the body to treat patients with a variety of pain conditions including lower back pain, arthritis, and migraines. The needles cause minor to no discomfort. The sterile needles are precisely placed to stimulate blood flow and release pain inhibitors that allow patients to recover more quickly.
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Lower Back Pain

Acupuncture is most commonly used to alleviate lower back pain by targeting the affected muscle areas through pressure points in the body.

Arthritis

Acupuncture is a common remediation of osteoarthritis and often provides faster pain relief for patients

Tension & Migraine Headaches

Patients suffering from chronic headaches and migraines use acupuncture to relax the associated nerves and muscles.

Cancer Pain & Nausea

Acupuncture may relieve pain and ease cancer treatment side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. Despite mild pain relief, there is no evidence that acupuncture has any effect on cancer.

The Procedure

Acupuncture is usually a 30 to 60 minute procedure that starts with a practitioner evaluating a patient’s pain, behaviors, and lifestyle habits to identify specific pressure points in major nerve areas. The trained specialist safely inserts between 5 and 20 heated needles according to the patient's pain. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes, and there is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.

Risks

The use of acupuncture may result in soreness and minor bleeding upon removal of needles. Patients with bleeding disorders or those taking blood thinners such as Warfarin (Coumadin) may experience more than average bleeding. Select a qualified practitioner to reduce the risk of nerve damage, organ injury and infections. As with any medical procedure, acupuncture is not appropriate for everyone. Your doctor can tell you if acupuncture could help your condition.

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