What Is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

June 10, 2020

Acupuncture is a healing technique used in traditional Chinese medicine. It can be covered by insurance policies and is often used for pain relief. Acupuncture is similar to other techniques, such as massage therapy and physical therapy. If you live in Aurora, Thornton, Denver, or the surrounding communities, choose Synergy Health Partners for your acupuncture treatment.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works as a pain relief treatment because it promotes the natural self-healing progression by stimulating anatomic sites, referred to as acupuncture points. The most common method used to stimulate these points is with the insertion of a sterile fine needle into the skin. Electrical stimulation, heat, or pressure can also enhance these benefits. Other stimulation techniques include massage, cupping, and heat therapy.

The concept behind acupuncture is that the body has two opposing forces, yin and yang. When the forces are in balance then the body is healthy. However, if the energy is blocked then it can lead to illness or pain. Acupuncture therapy releases these blocks and stimulates function. Acupuncture can have an effect on the immune system, nervous system, digestive system, and cardiovascular system.


What Happens During Your Treatment?

Your treatment will depend on your health needs. Your acupuncturist will ask about your health history and may perform additional physical examinations before proceeding. To begin, you lay on the treatment table and the precise points are stimulated with different waves in your body. You may feel some minimal discomfort as the needles are placed but after the treatment, many people report feeling relaxed just like with massage therapy. How many treatments you need will depend on your current condition. For chronic conditions, one or two treatments a week may be necessary. For acute problems, fewer visits will be required.


What Can You Treat with Acupuncture?

Several conditions can be treated with acupuncture. Some of these conditions include nausea, migraines, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and musculoskeletal problems, such as neck and back pain.


Contact Synergy Health Partners for pain relief using chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapy. 


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