What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a technique or treatment that focuses on enabling muscles through stimulating various parts of the body. Acupuncture most often uses tiny needles barely inserted on the surface of the skin. What is the science behind acupuncture? Acupuncture is originated from Chinese medicine almost 2,500 years ago and was created with an emphasis on natural healing methods. The general benefits of acupuncture are that it can help to relief pain by helping your body release endorphins, increase blood flow, loosen up tight muscle groups, help the body cope with stress and depression, and help the body and mind communicate more effectively. What does acupuncture treat? Results from various studies prove that acupuncture helps to ease: Chronic pains Lower back pain Neck pain Knee pain Headaches Nausea Dental pain Post chemotherapy Stroke rehabilitation Addictions Menstrual cramps Tennis elbow Fibromyalgia Asthma Carpal tunnel syndrome How does acupuncture work? The general theory of acupuncture is that the human body operates much like a circuit board and has patterns of energy that flow throughout. This energy is often referred to as “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). When the energy flow is disrupted by an injury, stress, poor diet, or a traumatic injury, it causes pain or stress on the muscles. By inserting small needles (usually the size of a small human hair), the disruptions of this energy flow are healed. These disruptions of the natural energy flow are known to be responsible for pain and diseases that can prevent the body from healing natural. When the body and the energy flow is balanced, it can work to heal itself and increase proper blood flow. The acupuncture can also help your body aid in the natural activity of releasing pain killing chemicals. What does acupuncture feel like? Acupuncture involves the insertion of very small needles into the surface of the skin. This initial insertion may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. Generally, there is a very small prick but the pain is very tolerable. Is acupuncture safe? Acupuncture is safe when done by a medical professional that has been trained and certified. Every state has a required license that ensures that there are certain levels of cleanliness and safety. In very rare cases, a patient may get a small infection, especially if the needles are not sterile. Licensed medical professionals typically throw their needles away after every use and only use sterile needles. Schedule your Tulsa acupuncture treatment Our medical team would love to help you heal and get the treatment you need to be healthy. We provide a variety of chiropractic and pain relieving treatments that includes acupuncture, chiropractic, wave therapy, and more. Give us a call at 918-836-6454 or click HERE to get in touch with us.