What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture is a therapeutic method that usually involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles. Modern medical practitioners developed medical acupuncture as an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture. We employ current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, in conjunction with the teaching of eastern medicine. The medical acupuncture courses at CuraCore™ emphasize the importance of a type of physical examination called “myofascial palpation” that allows the doctor to determine the location and sources of discomfort and dysfunction.
What Can Medical Acupuncture Do?
Treatment with medical acupuncture and it’s related techniques of laser therapy and certain forms of massage help by promoting health and wellbeing, by preventing illness, and by addressing a variety of medical conditions and pain problems.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The main therapeutic effects of needling begin with activation of nerve fibers near a point. These stimuli then bring about changes that help to balance nerve signaling and neurotransmitter activity from the “periphery” (i.e., the acupuncture point) to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and autonomic nervous system centers (that govern processes like glandular activity, immune status, digestion, mood, and more). Acupuncture also releases tension from the muscles and enveloping fibrous network called “fascia”.
How Many Treatments Will Be Needed?
The number of treatments needed varies based on the patient, severity of the disease, and co-therapies. Initially, some patients may require one or two treatments weekly for several weeks. Usually, one sees a change in the patient within the first few treatments if the acupuncture is going to make a meaningful difference. The frequency of these treatments can then be weaned down to once weekly or every other week as the patient’s body begins to heal. This treatment plan is really dependent on the patient and the condition(s) being treated.
What Are Some Specific Benefits?
Research on acupuncture is continually building and strengthening the scientific and evidence-informed basis of medical acupuncture. In addition to its well-known effects on acute and chronic pain, medical acupuncture addresses a wide range of medical issues, including:
- Digestive ailments, including inflammation and motility problems
- Respiratory issues, such as sinusitis and recurrent infections
- Neurologic problems such as peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, spinal cord injury, disk disease, and nerve based pain problems
- Musculoskeletal complaints, including knee pain, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, back pain, neck pain, and much more
What Side Effects Might There Be?
Uncommonly, an acupuncture patient could experience a temporary worsening of the condition. Usually, however, most side effects are mild and even pleasant – a sense of relaxation, an improvement in sleep, or improvement in digestive tract transit. If something concerns you, contact the patient’s doctor or the practice right away.