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When Acupuncture Should be Considered

Acupuncture needlesThe evidence for the use of acupuncture in soft tissue injuries is strong. This is the area where Chiropractors have the most experience and training. These are the types of conditions we treat on a daily basis. We are trained to take a history, do a thorough physical exam and make a diagnosis regarding the cause of your pain, based on joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves. Using this information we can treat and prevent further injuries of this type.

Acupuncture is one of the treatment modalities we use ion this office including manipulation and muscle release techniques.

Acupuncture involves inserting needles into the body at various acupoints throughout the body located on meridians. The ability of acupuncture to reduce pain has been well documented, since the Chinese started using it approximately 5000 years ago. There are many areas where needles can be effective, including knee pain and elbow pain. But the most common conditions treated in Chiropractor’s offices include neck pain, headaches and lower back pain.

There is strong evidence that chronic neck pain can be aided with acupuncture, in addition if it is provided along with adjustments. It has also been shown to decrease pain, increase function, range of motion, and patient satisfaction with treatments.

This needling has also been shown to be effective in relieving many types of headaches such as pain that occurs every few months and daily headaches. Even migraines have been shown to respond to acupuncture.

Pain the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints has been shown to be helped by needling, especially if it is being treated by another modality such as manipulation at the same time.

Typically acupuncture is suggested to patients who have a condition that is not responding as quickly as expected. Adding needles to the treatment can speed up recovery. In some conditions such as elbow pain or plantar fasciitis, needles are a first line of attack combined with muscle release techniques.

If acupuncture is something you are considering, we can be reached at 807-768-2225 and will be happy to answer all of your questions.

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