Derived from a centuries-old Chinese medical tradition, acupuncture inserts needles at key body points to improve the energy flow throughout the body. The needle insertion is generally not painful, but instead provokes a tingling sensation.
Studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. This therapy may also help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Acupuncture is reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. Acupuncture has a strong effect on the brain and body. Acupuncture is used for a number of different issues and concerns, this therapy may be an option discussed during a consult with the physician.
Acupuncture can treat existing disorders such as hormone imbalances, chronic pain, and digestive disorders as well as help with preventative care such as smoking cessation and weight loss. Cupping is another alternative that is available. Through suction, the skin is drawn into the cup by creating a vacuum in the cup placed on the skin over the targeted area. The cup is usually left in place for somewhere between five and fifteen minutes. It is believed by some to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.
Trigger Point & Neural Therapy
Neural and Trigger Point injection therapies are often preformed together, usually with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). The therapy generally involves a series of shallow injections into scar tissue, acupuncture points and muscular trigger points to relieve pain and dysfunction in soft tissue injuries. These injections are useful to relax and relieve pain from tight sore muscles. Neural and Trigger Point therapies are a treatment which helps to reset nervous function in an area where chronic pain has made the nerves hyper sensitive. Some people will feel relief of their pain after a couple of treatments but most may require 5-7 treatments.