Acupuncture is a medical practice that involves the insertion thin, solid, metallic needles through the skin at strategic points of the body and are then activated through gentle and specific movement of the practitioner’s hands or with electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture is an ancient practice of traditional Chinese medicine. According to the Chinese medical practitioner, the body has 2000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways are responsible for the body’s overall health. Applying acupuncture to certain points can improve the flow of energy, thus improving overall health.
Research and studies show that acupuncture is an effective cure for a wide range of health conditions.
Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system. This leads to chemicals being released into the muscles, spinal chord and brain. These biochemical changes stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and boast physical and emotional health.
Acupuncture points that are at sites where stimulation can affect the activity of multiple sensory neurons. These sites are known as receptive fields.
The physical stimulation of needle insertion at these sites affects pain processing in the central nervous system and muscles and increase blood flow to certain parts of the body.
Acupuncture can also help with stroke rehabilitation.
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that can help you manage many different conditions.
Some of the Benefits of Acupuncture are:
1. Can effectively be combined with other treatments
2. Can help manage conditions such as chronic pain, migraine and headaches
3. Acupuncture has very minimal side-effects.
4. It is a versatile form of treatment that can target numerous health concerns at once.
Some of the benefits of physiotherapy are listed below:
During an acupuncture session, due to the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body can cause a little discomfort.
Every acupuncturist performs acupuncture in a unique style. To determine the type of acupuncture treatment required for you, your acupuncturist can ask about your symptoms, behaviour and lifestyle. They may closely examine the following:
An acupuncture session can take up to 60 minutes, and in some cases even less. A common treatment plan for a single issue can take one or two treatments a week. The number of sessions depend on the severity of the condition you are facing. In most scenarios 6 to 8 sessions are adequate.
Improper insertion of the needles can cause pain during the treatment. Needles should be sterilized to prevent infection. Therefore, it is always recommended that you seek treatment from a qualified and licensed acupuncturist. The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) regulates acupuncture needles just as other medical devices to ensure best manufacturing practices and single-use standards of sterility.
Acupuncture is a specialized medical treatment and not everyone can practice it. If you decide to see a acupuncturist first consult with your doctor who can refer you a qualified practitioner. Then seek for a practitioner who is licensed and have a proper training and credentials.
Possible Risks of Acupuncture are as follows:
Thus, seeing a trained and certified Acupuncturist is essential for the total alleviation from your condition and render much-needed relief.
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