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Understanding the benefits of acupuncture

acupuncture At Orthopedic Associates of Long Island, New York area patients can seek a wide range of services under one roof. In addition, we provide conservative, non-traditional therapies for our patients, including that of acupuncture. When patients think of acupuncture, they are often uneasy about the use of needles to improve their pain and correct soft tissue problems that may be associated to overuse or physical activity. Our doctors encourage patients to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture and how it can address a myriad of concerns in the body.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of promoting healing and improved functioning of the body through the insertion of needles on specific points of the body that are associated with the natural meridians. The meridians are energy channels that flow through the body. The irrigate and nourish the tissue in the body. When an obstruction occurs, it can cause a backup and impact the natural flow through these meridians. With acupuncture, the meridian points can stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals throughout the body into the muscles, brain, and spinal cord. The chemicals can trigger the naturel release of other chemicals and hormones that can promote physician and emotional well-being. Acupuncture is best for treating various medical conditions including soft tissue injuries.

Why choose acupuncture?

When acupuncture is performed by a well-trained practitioner, patients will see increased benefits to regular treatment. Acupuncture is often used because it can be effective at addressing problems within the body that other treatments may not improve. Acupuncture may also be integrated into a patient’s current treatment plan as an extra way to combat pain, discomfort, and dysfunction in the body.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture requires the physician to apply very tiny needles to various areas of the body to trigger an inner reaction. These needles are extremely small, and most patients do not experience any pain during their treatment. Some may experience minor discomfort when the needle is inserted, but this is fast and short-term as the needle settles into the soft tissues. Most patients tolerate acupuncture without needing pain medications or topical anesthetics.

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