What is Acupuncture?

An ancient Chinese pain remedy dating back more than 3,000 years, acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles in strategic spots throughout the body in order to holistically manage pain. The Chinese version is rooted in the belief that the needles work to balance the body’s flow of energy; the Western variety is used to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Acupuncture is often viewed with skepticism and nervousness as there are sometimes multiple needles placed onto the body, not to cause pain. In fact many of those who receive acupuncture often report a deep feeling of relaxation.

Why Choose Integrated Medical for Acupuncture?

It is common practice to use acupuncture as a complementary treatment alongside other pain management regimens, but at Integrated Medical Center, all of our pain management treatments are in the same facility, with doctors in varied medical fields working in collaboration for one purpose – the health of your whole self.

At Integrated Medical Center, we strive to offer multiple traditional as well as holistic methods for pain management. For those who prefer unconventional methods that evoke your body’s natural healing processes, our acupuncture treatment may be right for you.

Contact us for a free consultation today at our multidisciplinary medical and wellness center. Our experienced medical team will perform a thorough evaluation and create a completely customized care plan that emphasizes you as an individual and your health concerns, needs and goals.

Acupuncture can be used to effectively alleviate pain from many diseases and conditions, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting that take place after surgery or chemotherapy
  • Dental pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tension and migraine headaches
  • Labor pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual cramping
  • Digestive disorders such as constipation and indigestion
  • Gynecological issues such as PMS and menstrual pain
  • Insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders

What Can I Expect from Acupuncture?

Typically, between 5 and 20 needles are used in a session. The needles may be placed far away from the area being treated, depending on your individual health needs. As the needles are placed to reach the correct depth, you may experience mild discomfort, but generally the procedure is very tolerable.

After the needles are inserted, your acupuncturist may gently move or manipulate the needles in order to stimulate the proper responses in your nerve and muscle systems. Needles are usually kept in for 10-20 minutes while you are laying down in a completely relaxed position.

As the acupuncture needles are removed, there is typically no discomfort. How the treatment will affect you depends on the individual, but usually patients feel either relaxed or energized.