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Is acupuncture is right for you?

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Acupuncture is an ancient peripheral nerve stimulation technique which is now widely utilized in Western Medicine. There is plenty of research to support the use of acupuncture in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Pinched Nerves;” eg. Sciatica – sharp/shooting pain, numbness and tingling, muscle weakness, etc.
  • Acute Injuries; eg. strains and sprains
  • Muscle Tension and Trigger Points
  • Headaches and Jaw/Facial Pain
  • Poor Muscle Activation & Recruitment
  • Arthritis Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Inflammatory Conditions

 

 

 

How exactly does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture creates change through your nervous system (“neuromodulation“) and is therefore a great compliment to your chiropractic care. Acupuncture works on three main levels:

 

Local Effects

 

      • At the tissue level, inserting an acupuncture needle in a specific “neuroactive” site allows for the release of a molecule called nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow to the local tissue. Simply speaking, more blood flow = improved healing.

 

Segmental Effects

 

      • Segmental effects are changes at the spinal cord level. Think of your spinal cord as the relay between your brain and body parts. Your spinal cord takes in sensory information (touch, pain, temperature, etc) and sends out motor or movement information to your muscles and organs.
      • Segmental effects of acupuncture include decreased pain perception (natural advil!), improved muscle activation and strength (better function and performance), improved proprioception and balance and improved muscle tone (release of trigger points).

 

Supraspinal Effects

  • Acupuncture creates changes in the brain! With acupuncture, neurochemicals and hormones are released which can impact many systems in the body. This is part of the reason why people report feeling more relaxed after their acupuncture session.

If you are interested in adding acupuncture to your next Chiropractic session, you can call or email the office to schedule your visit. Wondering if acupuncture is right for you? Dr. Christina Mallinos is offering a 10-minute complimentary information sessions where you can ask any questions that you may have.

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