Acupuncture is gaining popularity in our culture. First practiced in traditional Chinese medicine, this technique helps balance the body’s energy. For the purposes of this article, we will talk about the application of thin needles when referencing acupuncture, but there are other methods. These other methods will depend on your needs. Acupuncture’s integrated approach supplements other wellness techniques that can reduce medical issues in the body. Its main usage has been in pain management, but people are becoming aware of other benefits as well. Let’s look at how acupuncture can improve your health.
Where Acupuncture Is Applied
Inserting the thin needles into the skin in one of the 14 main energy sources allows for improved health benefits. There are 360 different points on the body where these needles add benefits to the user’s health. The practitioner will learn about your concerns at the start of your session in order to help target the treatments. These points will be nerves entering muscle, the midpoint in the muscle, or where muscles and bones join. Needle placement, the number of needles used, and the combination of placement will vary for each client.
Pain reduction via acupuncture has also gained credibility in structured studies. In one study, patients experiencing lower back pain agreed to try using acupuncture and using other methods. The results showed acupuncture can reduce pain. Over 17,000 patients studied with back, neck, and headache complaints prove acupuncture’s effectiveness. As a result, pain reduction can lead to more activity, reduced reliance on medications, and improved moods. Additionally, another large study in Beijing proved acupuncture could help improve insomnia. Finally, studies done since 1998 show marked improvement in stress, hormone imbalances, and other concerns during pregnancy.
Health Benefits of Acupuncture
The health benefits follow the studies above in cause and effect. Reduced pain improves our mood, keeps us active, and lets us lead more fulfilled lives. Additionally, reducing reliance on pain medications allows the side effects to ease and lets users to get back to feeling “normal” faster. Finally, better sleep helps with activity, concentration, and general wellbeing. Also, pregnancy can be a stressor for women, with body changes causing pain, insomnia due to discomfort, and other issues through hormone balance. All these issues reduced or alleviated by acupuncture are significant health benefits for the duration of the pregnancy.
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Do you have pain, trouble sleeping, are pregnant, or are on medications? Call Sean’s Massage Center today for a consultation on how we can help. Helping people feel their best allows them to live their fullest life. Because of this, our mission at Sean’s Massage Center is helping facilitate good outcomes for our clients.