In addition to our numerous chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage services, Minneapolis Health and Wellness also offers acupuncture. We commonly see patients who are looking for relief from back pain or TMJ, but the benefits of this procedure span more than mere pain relief. Furthermore, should you choose to seek acupuncture’s benefits with Minneapolis Health and Wellness, you will benefit from our integrative approach.
The Minnesota Chiropractic Board statute requires acupuncture to complement a chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Rachel is a chiropractor certified in acupuncture and frequently adds it to her treatment plans.
But what is acupuncture? What are acupuncture’s benefits? And how does it help manage pain? Discover the answers below, and learn how Minneapolis Health and Wellness, an acupuncture clinic in Northeast Minneapolis, can help you live pain free.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the stimulation of certain points on the body to alleviate pain or treat other various health conditions. Most often, this is accomplished with the gentle insertion of sterile needles.
Most needles are only the width of three strands of your hair. Generally, acupuncture needles are far too thin to cause bleeding. In fact, above a slight feeling of pressure or heaviness upon insertion or manipulation of the needle, acupuncture is relatively painless.
This form of treatment originated in China between 2,500 and 5,000 years ago and is still in use today by acupuncture clinics due to its numerous benefits. Research shows that acupuncture is effective in treating pain.
What Are Acupuncture’s Benefits?
There are two ways to think about acupuncture. The first is based on the theory that pain and disease are caused by energy blockages within your meridians or energy channels within your body. The second way is from a musculoskeletal and structural standpoint. We can also use acupuncture to stimulate specific points related to pain and use acupuncture needles to relax muscles and treat trigger points and muscle spasms. To say the least, acupuncture is relaxing. People have been known to fall asleep during their acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture for back pain, especially chronic, has been shown to be effective. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), “A 2012 analysis of data on participants in acupuncture studies looked at back and neck pain together and found that actual acupuncture was more helpful than either no acupuncture or simulated acupuncture.” Acupuncture for TMJ—the jaw joint—has also been rendered effective.
In addition to these two conditions, acupuncture’s benefits can help treat:
- Neck pain
- Osteoarthritis and knee pain
- Tension headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines
- Generalized chronic pain
Why Use an Acupuncture Clinic?
Acupuncture can provide an effective chronic pain treatment as an alternative for prescription or over-the-counter medication painkillers.
The NCCIH cites studies that show that acupuncture’s benefits are magnified when used in tandem with other care methods. Our clinicians are knowledgeable about other natural healthcare procedures, such as massage, physical therapy and chiropractic, which can harmonize with the benefits of your acupuncture treatment. We will optimize your treatments to make the greatest contribution to your overall health.
If you want to learn more about our acupuncture clinic, or if you’d like to request a consultation, contact us at 612-750-7158 or via our Contact page. We’d love to get you back to a pain-free lifestyle!