Acupuncture has been around for ages and involves the insertion of thin needles in certain areas of the body. The needles are used to unblock certain areas to increase energy and flow. These areas can become blocked during injury, stress, or illness. Acupuncture is not painful and can promote healing for a variety of conditions.
It is common for acupuncture to be used hand in hand with forms of physical therapy. When used together, patients experience a faster recovery period, as well as less pain. Acupuncture does not replace the use of physical therapy altogether, instead it is used in conjunction with different physical therapy techniques.
The acupuncturists in our network are trained and experienced. Acupuncture points are chosen carefully based on the symptoms and conditions of each patient. However, points where acupuncture needles are placed are usually areas where nerves, muscles, and connective tissues can be stimulated. Through the stimulation of these areas, blood flow is increased, which can aid in your body's natural ability to relieve pain and discomfort.
Acupuncture can help treat a wide variety of conditions including:
If you are experiencing any of the conditions listed above or another condition acupuncture combined with physical therapy may be able to help. Acupuncture has few side effects, can control pain, and is a safe alternative for those who do not wish to use certain medications.
During your first visit, our acupuncture providers will assess and examine your condition. The patient will be asked to lie down on an acupuncture table. After lying down, the acupuncturist will use single-use, disposable, sterile needles to relieve pain, increase blood flow, and open up pressure points. Although this process is not painful, the patient may feel a very brief stinging or tingling sensation during the acupuncture process.
The needle will stay in place anywhere from 5-30 minutes. A person may continue to receive acupuncture on a regular basis. However, the frequency of sessions depends on the patients individual condition and treatment plan. An acute problem usually improves within 8-12 acupuncture sessions.
After your acupuncture session you can expect to feel more relaxed. Many patients also claim to feel more energized. However, the results vary for each patient.
If you are having difficulty managing pain or if you are seeking treatment, acupuncture may be an appropriate solution. At Prime Physical Therapy, we are able to refer you to an acupuncturist who is trained in treating a variety of conditions. Call us today to discuss your options.
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