Acupuncture is a therapeutic method that stimulates specific points on the body through the use of fine sterile, single-use needles. It is a form of meridian therapy, is virtually painless, and can be used to treat a variety of conditions that commonly include pain and spasm.
Acupuncture stimulates the body's own natural painkillers, called endorphins. Acupuncture is also thought to balance the energy, known as Chi, within the body, thus bringing about a better state of health.
Acupuncture is already one of the most practiced forms of alternative medicine in the country, and is offered by many hospitals and doctor’s offices, including Chiropractic Care Millennium Park and Chiropractic Care in Homewood. Dr. Kruse and the Chiropractic Physicians at our offices are Certified Acupuncturist.
Acupuncture is a non-drug, non-invasive therapy that may produce a variety of benefits—from pain management to helping with nausea associated with chemotherapy. According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 8.2 million Americans have been to an acupuncturist, and an estimated 2.1 million U.S. adults used acupuncture in the previous year. Since the use of acupuncture has spread widely in the U.S. in the past 20 years, researchers are studying the benefits of acupuncture for many conditions, including low-back pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis of the knee.
Acupuncture may be useful as an independent treatment for some conditions, but it can also be used as a complement to your Chiropractic care. Some insurance companies may include acupuncture as one of your benefits.
While acupuncture providers may have different styles, a typical visit usually lasts about 30 minutes. Before the needles are placed, you will lie down on a comfortable chiropractic or massage table. You may lie face up, face down, or on your side, depending on where the needles will be inserted. Some patients will sit in a chair depending on their comfort level and needle placement. Usually the procedure isn’t painful; however, you may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted. Each treatment may include the insertion of between 6 and 20 needles which may stay in place for approximately 20 minutes.
Federally funded studies document acupuncture’s effectiveness:
A study financed by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that acupuncture can provide relief for migraines, osteoarthritis, and other forms of chronic pain.
This study which included data from nearly 18,000 patients showed that acupuncture outperformed many standard treatments when used by people suffering from headaches, and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain. The researchers stated they think this is firm, robust evidence supporting the use of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.
Read the entire study, click here.
The scientific evidence for acupuncture continues to grow:
An article published in the journal of Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine studied the effectiveness of acupuncture for low back pain (LBP) and we aimed to critically appraise the evidence from relevant systematic reviews. Systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) concerning acupuncture and LBP were searched and assessed. This study found for chronic LBP, evidence consistently demonstrated that acupuncture provides short-term clinically relevant benefits for pain relief and functional improvement compared with no treatment or acupuncture plus another conventional intervention. They concluded that acupuncture, either used in isolation or as an adjunct to conventional therapy, provides short-term improvements in pain and function for chronic LBP.
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