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Acupuncture is a therapeutic method that involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles. It is a noninvasive treatment that can be used alone, in conjunction with laser or medical massage to address a variety of medical conditions and pain problems.
The main therapeutic effects of needling begin with activation of nerve fibers near a point. These stimuli then bring about changes that help to balance nerve signaling and neurotransmitter activity. Acupuncture also releases tension from the muscles.
In additional to its well-known effects on acute and chronic pain, medical acupuncture addresses a wide range of medical issues, including:
Digestive ailments, including inflammation and mobility problems
Respiratory issues, such as sinusitis and recurrent infections
Neurologic problems such as peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, spinal cord injury, disk disease and nerve based pain problems
Musculoskeletal complaints including knee pain, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, back pain, neck pain and much more
The number of treatments needed differs from patient to patient. For difficult or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments weekly for several weeks may be required. Usually, one sees a change in the patient within the first few treatments if acupuncture is going to make a meaningful difference.