Once considered mysterious, acupuncture has come a long way as a viable treatment solution for chronic pain. With Chinese roots going back more than 2,000 years, the practice has gone mainstream to provide people relief from back and neck pain, menstrual cramps, and a host of other ailments.
How does acupuncture provide pain relief? Very fine and sterile needles are inserted in specific points around the body. The pain-free insertions are designed to remedy imbalances in the body’s energy flow, which is known as “qi.” These obstructions are often the cause of pain, and by eliminating them, you experience a significant decrease or even an elimination of pain.
The acupuncture practitioner may also use heat, pressure, or massage to help stimulate the areas of pain. Depending on the ailment and patient, the needles are left in place up to 30 minutes. The number of treatment sessions will also vary, but the procedure typically occurs once or twice a week. Chronic pain sufferers may have extended treatments over the span of a few months.
Some of the most common conditions that are alleviated through acupuncture include back, neck, and knee pain, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, and sprains. The procedure is also helpful for treating depression, pregnancy morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting.
If you’ve been suffering from long-term pain, acupuncture may be the solution. The licensed chiropractors at Mid Rivers Chiropractic in St. Peters, MO, have the credentials and experience to perform the healing therapy. Call the practice at (636) 279-1400 to schedule an appointment. Visit their website for information on other chiropractic treatment services, including for sports injuries and sciatica.