Here at the Amity Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, we see many patients and use a variety of techniques for different types of pain syndromes. However, patients are often surprised to discover that one of the treatments we offer is acupuncture. In fact, Dr. Cocco has been performing acupuncture at our office for over 10 years now! Here are the answers to some of the more common questions patients have about this ancient but effective technique.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Acupuncture is a system which involves the stimulation of various points throughout the body to elicit a healing response. Traditional Chinese acupuncture teaches that our bodies contain numerous “meridians,” or energy pathways. Each of these pathways contains numerous points. By stimulating these points, a healing response is initiated, resulting in relief of symptoms.
HOW IS ACUPUNCTURE PERFORMED?
Acupuncture is typically performed in conjunction with joint manipulation and various forms of advanced myofascial techniques (such as deep massage). It has been Dr. Cocco’s experience that the most effective approach is usually needle acupuncture; however, acupressure, laser, reflexology, skin rolling, and Guasha (another Asian technique) can also be used. Acupuncture points are selected by palpation (touch) of tender points or “trigger points” associated with the individual’s condition. Once the appropriate points have been selected, the skin over that point is cleaned and a very thin, disposable acupuncture needle is inserted into the point. Most patients are surprised at how comfortable acupuncture is. They sometimes aren’t even aware when a needle has been inserted! After a few minutes, the needles are simply removed by the doctor and disposed of appropriately.
WHAT KINDS OF CONDITIONS DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Many types of neck and back pain, as well as headaches, respond very well to acupuncture, including pain from herniated discs. Patients with osteoarthritis and tendonitis of the arms, legs, feet, and hands often enjoy significant relief as well. Additionally, we have seen some benefit with smoking cessation, insomnia, sinusitis, PMS and other general conditions. Be sure to speak with the doctor to find out if modern acupuncture might be right for you!