Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Overview
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique thought to allow pain receptors to relax and, in turn, help restore physical balance. It is often used to calm tension, nerve inflammation, improve blood circulation and relax muscles. Acupuncture positions very tiny sterile needles at tension points. The therapy remains intact for approximately 20-30 minutes.
Advantages of Conservative Treatment
- Less expensive then surgery
- Little to no recovery
- No incisions or scarring
- No long term effects
- Done during an office visit
- Best used before considering surgery
- Immediate results
Conditions Treated with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Accupuncture is used to calm tension, nerve inflammation, improve blood circulation and relax muscles in most locations of the body.
- Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis narrows and encumbers openings in the spine that allow nerve passage. Stenosis is usually preceded by indicators of more commonly found conditions such as bone spurs and herniated discs. As time progresses and other conditions are of the spine are not addressed, it may progress to spinal stenosis.
- Herniated Disc
A herniated disc occurs when the inner disc material, called the nucleus, pushes through the tough outer wall of the disc. When this bulging area comes into contact with surrounding nerves it causes pain, tingling and discomfort that can be felt locally and also down the nerve’s path that it follows.
Spondylolisthesis is vertebral slippage in the spinal column. The human spine has a perfectly aligned shape for motion, but spondylolisthesis distorts this alignment. This slippage can be caused by aging of the spine, a congenital disorder, an injury, and also diseases such as those that can cause abnormal growths on the spine.
- Sprains and Strains
A sprain is an injury to a ligament from over stretching or tearing. A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon.
Is a form of degenerative joint pain caused by wear and tear damage or breakdown of the soft tissue, underlying bone, ligament, tendons, or cartilage in the joints.
Headaches can be due to muscle tension stemming from the head, face and neck or just overall stress tension.
- Joint and Muscle Pain
Sports, arthritis and wear and tear are often to blame for painful joints. An accurate diagnosis and proper care can provide relief to these painful areas.
A pinched nerve in the spine that is sending pain signals to the buttocks, hamstring (back of leg), or further down one or both legs. Sciatica can result from a variety of problems with the discs or other problems in the lower back.