How does acupuncture work?

The exact mechanisms of how acupuncture works are not known.  Modern theories are based upon anatomy and neurophysiology with strong scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness.  Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves that affect pain or muscle function to give pain relief and decrease muscle tension.  Another benefit is the release of neurotransmitters, endorphins, and serotonin which relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and boost the immune system.  Depending upon your condition, we may recommend acupuncture in conjunction with other treatments such as manipulation, massage, physiotherapies and/or exercise.  

Sterile, single-use needles are used.  The needles are as fine as a human hair which means you will usually only feel a slight pinch or nothing at all from the needles.  You may sometimes feel a tingling or aching as the needles work on the muscles and nerves.  Needles are typically left in place for 15 to 30 minutes.  Many relax deeply or fall asleep during treatments.  Since each person is unique, treatment will vary as your symptoms change.  Typically, it takes a few treatment sessions for lasting positive effects.  One to two visits per week is recommended up to 10 visits.  Acute conditions may respond more rapidly, while chronic conditions may take longer to resolve.  Some people experience dramatic results after the very first session.

Acupuncture is particularly helpful in the management of chronic pain and illness, especially when muscle dysfunction is the primary or secondary contributing factor.

Acupuncture is used in a wide range of painful conditions such as:

  • Back Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Headache

  • Arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Tendonitis

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Knee Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

If you or someone you know is thinking about acupuncture for a health problem, you call to speak to anyone in the office

to schedule your first visit.