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Acupuncture in Norfolk NE

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Acupuncture has been used as a healing art for over 3000 years. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific acupuncture points. These acupoints are points along meridians or lines of the body found to have certain effects when stimulated. Energy and fluids, including blood and lymph, flow through these points and meridians. When a blockage of these fluids occurs, dysfunction and pain can exist.

Acupuncture stimulates the flow of energy and fluids by diffusing lactic acid and carbon monoxide that accumulates in muscle tissue that causes stagnation of blood. This stiffness and stagnation of blood creates abnormal pressure on nerves, lymph nodes, and blood vessels, which adversely affects the function of the skeletal system and internal organs. Acupuncture also stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and biochemicals that promote healing and reduced pain. All of these effects combine to promote healing of tissues and injuries as well as physical and emotional well-being.

How does acupuncture feel? Minimal to no pain is felt as needles are inserted; the sensation is usually described as like a mosquito bite. Solid stainless steel, hair-thin, sterile needles are used. The needles stay in for 15-20 minutes during a treatment session. Patients typically require a series of acupuncture treatments to reduce their complaints.

Acupuncture treats several conditions including back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, knee pain, shoulder pain, jaw pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, allergies, sinus problems, plantar fasciitis, and many more!


Research

Acupuncture proved to be more effective than conventional lower back pain treatments in a new study.

The German study compared outcomes among 1,162 patients with chronic low back pain treated with traditional Chinese acupuncture or a conventional approach to treating back pain using drugs, physical therapy, and exercise.

The study is the largest investigation of acupuncture vs. conventional nonsurgical treatment for lower back pain ever reported, researchers say.

"Acupuncture represents a highly promising and effective treatment option for chronic back pain," researcher Heinz Endres, MD, told WebMD. "Patients experienced not only reduced pain intensity, but also reported improvements in the disability that often results from back pain -- and therefore in their quality of life."

Patients who got the traditional acupuncture treatments were almost twice as likely to report treatment-related responses six months later as patients who did not have acupuncture.

"Because acupuncture has a low risk of side effects and few contraindications, it should be added to the catalogue of treatments recommended for acute and chronic back pain, even though -- just as for any other form of treatment -- there will always be some patients who do not respond," Endres, MD said.


Source
WebMD
Bolyes, Salynn. "Study: Acupuncture Eases Low Back Pain: Patients Report More Pain Relief From Acupuncture Than Conventional Treatment."

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