Medical acupuncture is a specialized technique that involves precise stimulation of peripheral nerves using fine solid needles, also known as acupuncture needles. The needles are inserted into specific anatomical sites that are defined based on their neurofunctional properties. The therapeutic goals and treatment targets are selected based on the underlying neurological dysfunctions that are contributing to the patient's clinical symptoms. By addressing these dysfunctions, medical acupuncture aims to promote healing and restore proper nerve function, ultimately improving the patient's overall health and well-being.
MORE THAN ENERGY
Acupuncture studies have shown, for example, that inserting needles into the skin stimulates nerves in the underlying muscles. This stimulation, researchers feel, sends impulses up the spinal cord to a relatively primitive part of the brain known as the limbic system, as well as to the midbrain and the pituitary gland. Somehow that signaling leads to the release of endorphins and monoamines, chemicals that block pain signals in the spinal cord and brain.
At our clinic, our approach to acupuncture treatments is based on a growing body of evidence that shows how acupuncture leads to real physiological changes in the body. Many studies have shown that the insertion of acupuncture needles into the skin stimulates nerves in underlying muscles, which sends impulses up the spinal cord to the limbic system, midbrain, and pituitary gland. This stimulation results in the release of endorphins and monoamines, which can block pain signals in the spinal cord and brain. These physiologic changes may help explain why acupuncture is effective in reducing pain and improving overall well-being.
DOES IT HURT
Are soreness and stiffness preventing you from enjoying your life?
- What is medical acupuncture?
- How is acupuncture used in healthcare?
- Is acupuncture a safe treatment?
- Who should not have acupuncture treatment?
- What proof is there that acupuncture works?
What is medical acupuncture?
How is acupuncture used in healthcare?
Is acupuncture a safe treatment?
Who should not have acupuncture treatment?
What proof is there that acupuncture works?
Results from a number of 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. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. However, clinical practice guidelines are inconsistent in recommendations about acupuncture.