Even though many of us know the basics of what acupuncture is, few people have actually had any experience with it. It is a treatment that has been used for centuries that originated in China and has a large base of people who swear by it. It is meant to help balance the flow of energy through the body by helping to open pathways to “chi”, which is the life force that everyone has according to the belief. This is done by inserting needles into specific spots on the body in an effort to clear the meridians (those are what the pathways practitioners believe you to have are called) and allow your energy to flow correctly once again.
There is a different view as to what acupuncture does and why it seems to work. Many people believe that the reason acupuncture works is because you are hitting certain points in the body such as nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. It may also help to boost the painkillers that your body naturally creates. This is why it is often suggested when you have pain in specific spots, such as tooth pain, headaches, back and neck pain, and menstrual cramps. It has also been suggested for things like nausea after surgery or chemotherapy, arthritis, fibromyalgia, respiratory problems, and even labor pain.
As with any type of medical treatment, it is important that you find someone who is certified to do the treatment. Due to the fact that you are using needles, it is important that they be sterile and the majority of people will now use disposable, single-use needles to ensure the sharpness and cleanliness. Even still, there are some reasons why you shouldn’t undergo acupuncture. If you have a pacemaker or bleeding disorder, or if you are taking blood thinners, you should talk to your doctor first. If you are pregnant you should also be careful, as there is evidence that some acupuncture treatments may cause premature delivery.
If you are interested in talking more about acupuncture, call DiBella Chiropractic today. We are open to many different treatments just as long as they are safe and helpful. The main thing at the end of the day is you and your health and comfort. If you are unsure about acupuncture or any other kinds of treatment that you may have heard about, come in and talk to the doctor. It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask and you never know if you will find the thing that makes you feel great!