Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that is a principal element of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The age-old procedure consists of pricking the skin with a series of narrow, light-weight needles. A licensed provider carefully inserts these needles, classically made of stainless steel, in a strategic manner. The needles may be placed at fluctuating depths throughout various positions of the body.
Today, acupuncture is used, here in NJ and around the globe, primarily as a means of relieving chronic pain by causing the body to release endorphins, a natural, morphine-like hormone. Although acupuncture is effective in relieving pain, it is often utilized in conjunction with complementary treatments and lifestyle changes in efforts to enhance overall health and promote a sense of wellness.
What to Expect
If you are considering acupuncture, NJ-licensed professionals will work diligently to ensure that you understand the process before it begins. You can expect an initial consultation where you and the professional will discuss your existing medical conditions, overall health and the areas where you are experiencing pain. From there, your acupuncturist will determine the most beneficial approach for your unique condition.
During treatment, you will lie flat on a table while the acupuncturist individually inserts the needles. After the needles are inserted, the acupuncturist will gently manipulate the needles. S/he may also apply heat or electrical currents to each needle, depending upon your specific treatment plan. The needles must then be left in place for ten to twenty minutes before they are removed.
After your treatment is complete, you may feel relaxed or stimulated and you should begin to experience a reduction in your symptoms. For maximum pain relief through acupuncture, NJ-licensed acupuncturists typically recommend sessions once or twice a week for a minimum of six weeks. The specific number of treatments you need will be recommended by your NJ-licensed acupuncturist; however, it will vary on a case-by-case basis, contingent upon your condition and overall treatment plan
Benefits & Risks
Acupuncture can be a very effective way to relieve chronic pains, however, it is important to note that your experience with the treatment may vary widely based on a multitude of factors. For most, stress relief, acute and chronic pain relief, along with a sense of revived wellness are the most commonly reported benefits of acupuncture. NJ-licensed acupuncturists will likely also advise you that the risk of adverse side effects are highly uncommon, although all risks such as infection, bruising or soreness will be discussed prior to undergoing treatment.
Total Health and Peak Medical believes that the key to total wellness lies in developing a well-rounded, individualized treatment plan. Although acupuncture is effective in relieving pain, it is most efficient as a single component in a strategic formula designed to eliminate your pain. We ensure that our patients are active participants in their healthcare and work meticulously to educate and treat each patient as an individual.