Acupuncture is an age-old treatment form with very practical traditional uses. The tiny needles, inserted at specific points, can help address a broad range of conditions, from headaches and arthritis pain to depressive moods and sleep problems. Experienced practitioners offer acupuncture treatments at Downtown Spine & Sports in New York City.
Acupuncture is a treatment in which thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body. When triggered, these points can bring about beneficial reactions such as pain relief and improved blood flow to your nerves, muscles, and tissues. In some cases, it’s used in combination with other alternative treatments, such as herbal supplements. An age-old therapy, acupuncture is used in both Traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine.
Acupuncture can effectively treat a broad range of conditions including fibromyalgia, headaches, lower back pain, and osteoarthritis. It can also help manage symptoms of emotional conditions, such as anxiety and depression, and sexual health problems, such as infertility and impotence. It can be used on its own, or as an addition to other treatments.
Numerous studies suggest that acupuncture may help reduce pain that frequently becomes chronic, such as pain in your lower back, neck, or knees. Research also shows that factors such as your beliefs in the benefits may play a role in its effectiveness.
Overall, few complications of acupuncture have been reported. When problems do arise, they may derive from improper technique or the use of nonsterile needles. If treatment is not conducted by an experienced professional, you run the risk of potentially serious effects, such as infections, punctured organs, and central nervous system injuries.
Acupuncture doesn’t generally cause pain. Because the needles are tiny, about the size of a thick human hair, you may not even feel them as they enter your skin. Many people report feeling positive sensations known as qi, or energy, moving through blocked channels after treatment.
The number of acupuncture treatments needed varies, depending on factors such as the condition you wish to treat and the severity of your symptoms. One possible rule of thumb is 4 once-per-week sessions for every year you’ve experienced symptoms. More severe symptoms may require 2 sessions per week to start. Based on your consultation and exam, your acupuncturist will determine your best course of treatment.
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