Acupuncture as a Natural Healing Technique
Many people automatically assume that their acute pain or chronic ailments can only be addressed effectively through standard medical techniques such as surgery or drugs. For many cases, however, one of the most effective solutions actually goes back thousands of years and doesn't involve a single pill or incision. This astonishingly powerful approach to healing is known as acupuncture -- and here at 1st Choice Health & Wellness, we're proud to offer acupuncture in our New Albany, IN clinic among our other natural, non-invasive treatments.
Q: What is Acupuncture? How does it help people feel and function better?
A: This ancient technique involves the insertion of tiny, hair-thin needles just under the skin at specific points. These points are aligned along pathways called meridians. The ancient Chinese believed that qi, or energy, flowed along these meridians to maintain physical health and function. When this flow was interrupted, pain and systemic failures were sure to follow. The strategic insertion of the needles supposedly rerouted the flow of energy to relieve pain and restore health.
Today, Western science is beginning to understand the very real healing mechanisms behind the Eastern traditions. For instance, research has shown that the needles trigger the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and endorphins to produce a calming effect and can dull pain signals naturally. They also seem to prevent signals from reaching the neurological structures known as "pain gates" that govern the amount of pain experienced in a particular body part. This holds obvious attractions for anyone who would prefer to avoid excessive use of potentially dangerous medications or even surgery. It also appears that acupuncture helps healthy nerves communicate more effectively with damaged nerves, allowing the entire body to send and receive messages for optimal overall function.
Therefore, acupuncture can be used to treat multiple issues ranging from migraines and low back pain to boosting the immune system and stress relief!
Acupuncture Services at Our New Albany, IN Clinic
Our chiropractic team at 1st Choice Health & Wellness frequently prescribes acupuncture as a sensible complement to spinal adjustment and other natural services. Just as spinal adjustments help to normalize nerve issues that originate in the spinal column, acupuncture can improve nerve function throughout the body. While some people might be understandably nervous about the thought of having needles inserted, the truth of the matter is that the needles are so thin that they cause no discomfort at all; in fact, many patients find it highly relaxing and look forward to their next session. Acupuncture is also relatively convenient, with a typical session taking just 40 minutes or less. Several acupuncture sessions are usually necessary to produce long-term results, but you may find that even the first session results in significant pain relief.
We regard acupuncture as part of our holistic or "whole body" approach to healing. Once we understand the nature of your symptoms or condition, we can create a personalized plan for you that may include chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, nutrition and physical therapy.
Contact our office today to learn more about the role acupuncture might play in your quest for better health!