What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used in China for more than 5,000 years to encourage the body to heal itself naturally. An acupuncture practitioner inserts thin needles in very Acupuncture-01precise acupuncture points that correspond to various organs and systems of the body. Western medicine theorizes that acupuncture stimulates the production of neurochemicals that influence the body's internal regulating system, improving energy and biochemical balance.

The chiropractors at the Institute of Athletic Medicine have an additional board certification in acupuncture. Acupuncture has been successfully incorporated into the medical model of Western Countries. It is used as an adjunct to traditional therapeutic techniques in order to reduce physical pain.

What conditions are appropriate for acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture in conjunction to chiropractic therapy is highly effective at treating pain syndromes that may be non-surgical or unresponsive to medication or traditional therapies. These conditions include:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain, sciatica
  • Disc-related injuries
  • Joint pain including hip, shoulder and knee pain
  • Neuropathy and neuritis
  • All types of arthritic conditions
  • Pain or radiating pain in the arms or legs 
  • Fibromyalgia and muscular pain

What do treatments feel like?
Because the needles used in acupuncture are so fine, insertion feels similar to a mosquito bite for most patients. Once the needles are in place, there is usually no pain. The needles are sterile, so there is no risk of infection, and usually no bleeding when they are removed. Treatments typically involve multiple needles—eight to 20 on average—left in place for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition treated.

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