If you are looking for pain relief or stress relief, you may have been referred to a chiropractor in Castle Rock and found that you want to explore other options for pain relief. You might wonder about acupuncture, and whether it is a possibility for your specific health condition.
Trying acupuncture feels like a big step for a lot of people, and just answering questions that are asked at the initial assessment can be a bit overwhelming for some, but it is important to try and answer questions the best you can, and also ask a few of your own.
First of all, it’s important to understand what acupuncture is and is not. It is more than having an acupuncturist stick needles in the skin in order to get pain relief, although a lot of Western research has emphasized the pain relief aspect of treatment. While acupuncture has been used to help alleviate pain, it actually goes far beyond that, and has the ultimate goal of correcting energy imbalances all over the body. With a history dating back more than 2500 years it is one of the oldest medical protocols used to improve general health, while diagnosing, treating, and preventing various health conditions.
One study published in 2010 in Nature Neuroscience explained how acupuncture influenced amino acid activity in the skin after an injury, which resulted in pain relief. While the West often focuses on pain relief, restoring energy balance helps with other common ailments as well including
Emotional disorders -including anxiety, depression, PTSD and more
Digestive disorders – including irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux
Chronic degenerative diseases
Auto-immune issues, such as fibromyalgia
Neurological issues, including migraines and Parkinson’s disease
Respiratory Conditions such as asthma
Gynecological disorders, including infertility
Pregnancy and Post-Partum issues
Acupuncture falls under Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which also encompasses herbal medicine and massage. At Campbell Chiropractic, we use a technique known as dry needling that is part of trigger point therapy.
In an acupuncture treatment, very fine needles are inserted in most cases between 5-20 minutes, although occasionally they may stay in place up an hour. In acute cases, 2-4 treatments is typical, which those suffering from chronic conditions may need about 12 treatments over a period of two months.
While acupuncture is not the right treatment for everyone, at Campbell Chiropractic our acupuncturist will make sure you have a full assessment of your condition so that you can make an informed choice and take advantage of the treatment option that is best for you. To learn more about acupuncture in Castle Rock or other types of treatments available, contact us at (303) 663-8365 to schedule an appointment.