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Acupuncture For Pain Relief and Management

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Acupuncture for Pain Relief & Management

Acupuncture is defined as a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is used most broadly to relieve pain.

The thought of being pricked with hundreds of needles is usually enough to stop most in their tracks. It sounds medevial and frankly, painful! But is it? And why would anyone subject themselves to this? Truth be told, in the majority of cases, acupuncture does not hurt. Some report being able to feel the needles as they go in, and some people feel nothing. Acupuncture needles are solid needles, not hollow like the needles we generally think of, and they are extremely thin – about the diameter of a thick human hair. During your treatment, they may stay in specific body points from five to thirty minutes.

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific body sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi (energy) in the body and stimulate function, effectively kick starting the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s positive effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system.

Treatment can help to resolve pain, improve sleep, digestive function, and a general sense of well-being.

During an initial visit, your acupuncturist will ask about your health history. To begin, you will lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed. Dramatic relief may be experienced in the first treatment. One or more treatments per week or month may be recommended depending on the severity of you condition. For more acute conditions, five to ten visits in total may be recommended.

Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it can successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.

To learn more:

Abington Area Practioners:

Stillwater Acupuncture LLC


Won Institute of Graduate Studies

Towards Harmony Acupuncture