Acupuncture is quickly becoming one of the most popular alternative medicine practices in the United States. In fact, acupuncture at Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center can help a wide variety of physical ailments and pain conditions without the need for drugs or surgery. Located in Florham Park, New Jersey, the team offers personalized acupuncture care to decrease your pain, improve your health, and help you feel your best. To try acupuncture, set up a visit online or call today.
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used to regulate the flow of qi – or energy – in your body. The acupuncturists at Total Health use tiny, sterile needles placed at specific locations on your body to improve the flow of energy and improve your overall health.
Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain relief, though it can also help decrease stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, reduce PMS symptoms, and support your natural energy without the need for caffeine or other stimulants.
In order to improve the flow of qi in your body, your acupuncturist places hair-thin needles at acupuncture points on your body. When you experience pain or specific symptoms, it can trap energy in certain areas or block the energy from flowing through those areas. The acupuncture needles allow your acupuncturist to release blocked energy and in turn, relieve pain and other symptoms.
There are hundreds of acupuncture points all over your body, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. The most commonly used acupuncture points are on your feet, legs, hands, and arms. Other points may be used on your back or abdomen, when appropriate.
Your acupuncturist chooses which acupuncture points to use based on the location of your pain or your other symptoms. Your acupuncturist may also practice other diagnosis modalities of TCM, including taking your pulse, looking at the color of your nail beds, and examining your tongue for signs of disease or poor energy flow.
Yes, acupuncture can help a wide variety of conditions, including:
Every person is unique in how they respond to acupuncture. When the needle is placed, you may feel a quick prick or pinching sensation which goes away within seconds. During your acupuncture session, you may not feel anything or you may notice a mild throbbing sensation where the needle is located.
A typical acupuncture session lasts 30-60 minutes. Depending on your comfort level, your acupuncturist may check on you to adjust the needles during your session, especially if you’re sensitive to needles. You may also become cold during your session, so blankets and heating lamps are provided to help you relax and stay warm.
To learn more about acupuncture for your health concerns, schedule a visit online or call the team at Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center today.