Acupuncture is a pain management therapy originally developed in China. It involves placing very thin needles in the skin at specific points on the body to various depths, to increase and balance energy flow throughout the body. Acupuncture has been used for low back pain and neck pain, and for arthritis, headaches, and many other conditions.
Procedure details and expectations
- A physician will examine the patient and assess their condition, insert thin, sterile needles.
- The patient will be asked to lie down on their back, front, or one side, depending on where the needles are to be inserted. As each needle is inserted, the patient may feel a brief stinging or tingling sensation.
- The response involves stimulation of the immune system, promoting circulation to the area, healing, and pain modulation.
Acupuncture can be beneficial in that it is generally safe with very few side effects. It can effectively be combined with other treatments and can help control some types of pain. It may help patients for whom pain medications are not suitable.