Acupuncture is a unique treatment that is believed to help with the flow "qi." However, the western approach is a bit different. Although the acupuncture techniques are similar whether you see a practitioner who believes in traditional Chinese medicine or a practitioner who believes in the western medicine approach, the benefits of acupuncture are undeniable. Let's discuss what acupuncture is and how our chiropractor in Tuscaloosa along with the rest of the team at Spine & Sport Chiropractic can help.
Definition of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is traditionally a treatment that consists of a practitioner applying thin needles into designated spots in your body. In western medicine, it is believed that acupuncture stimulates connective tissue, muscles, and nerves, improving body function and promoting pain relief. You may also receive this treatment via a needleless method. Acupuncture that's needleless doesn't stimulate your body using needles. Instead, the needless method uses a low-frequency DC current to stimulate your muscles, nerves, and connective tissues.
What Acupuncture Is Used for
Our chiropractor in Tuscaloosa may recommend acupuncture if you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, or pain elsewhere in your body. It may also be used to for pain relief from conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. Our chiropractic specialist may also recommend acupuncture to reduce the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines.
What to Expect During a Session
Typically, your first session will take around 60 minutes because our practitioner will be reviewing your medical history and making sure the procedure is right for you. Subsequent appointments will be shorter. The acupuncturist will begin by inserting needles in designated spots. You shouldn't feel any discomfort. Some patients report feeling energized after the procedure, while others report feeling relaxed. Either way, it is a pleasant and enjoyable experience.
Safety of Acupuncture
Side effects and complications associated with acupuncture are mild and extremely rare. You may suffer from minor issues, such as bruising or bleeding. To ensure your safety, you'll be thoroughly evaluated before you receive this treatment because your likelihood of complications is higher if you're on a blood thinner, suffer from a bleeding disorder, or have a pacemaker.
Acupuncture, especially needless acupuncture, is great for people who are suffering from chronic pain. Since it doesn't require an incision or the use of a medication, the side effects are minimal. Plus, it can be used along with other treatments provided by our chiropractor in Tuscaloosa.
Contact Our Chiropractor in Tuscaloosa Today
If believe you would benefit from acupuncture, the chiropractic professionals at Spine & Sport Chiropractic are ready to assist you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (205) 345-8102.