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The FDA estimates the 9 to 12 million acupuncture treatments are now performed annually in the U.S.  Acupuncture supporters claim that it is an accessible, safer, less expensive treatment than conventional pain therapies – providing a surgery-free option to alleviating chronic health problems.

What Is Acupuncture

Acupuncture, developed by the Chinese thousands of years ago, is performed to stimulate designated points on the body in order to relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers and strengthen the immune system.  This is done through the insertion of small needles, finger pressure, application of heat, or a combination thereof.

Many physician scientists have shown that acupuncture treatments can stimulate the release on endorphins, natural pain relieving substances found in the brain and spinal cord.  This may explain how acupuncture is helpful in relieving pain.

How Acupuncture Is Performed

Acupuncture is done with extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible needles made of silver and steel alloy.  There is nothing special about the needle; it is merely a tool to correct the energy imbalance in the body.

Acupuncture needles are left in place usually for about 15 to 20 minutes, they may be rotated by the acupuncturist, and the session will last about 45 minutes.  It is rarely painful as the needles used are much finer than those used for injections, and side effect are rare and minor such as dizziness after the first session or some blood when needles are removed.  Additionally, the treatment does not interfere with any medication.

The length and frequency of an acupuncture treatment plan will vary for each individual and will be determined by our acupuncturist, Scott Bendell.

Acupuncture is a gentle therapy that encourages the body’s natural healing process, and usually leaves patients feeling rejuvenated.

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