Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine-based therapy that has been practiced for over 2,500 years. Although acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions, research is most supportive of its use in pain reduction.
Acupuncture is a therapy that involves the insertion of very thin needles. These hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points of the body. The specific locations the practitioner places them will determine the desired effect in the body.
Because these needles are so thin, they cause little to no discomfort during their application. Despite this, their presence activates different neurological processes causing the body to respond. This response involves stimulation of the immune system, promoting circulation, and disrupting muscular spasms of an area.
Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue meet. Stimulation to these regions, with the use of an acupuncture needle, helps trigger the release of the body’s natural painkillers