Full Range Sports Medicine
When you have an injury or chronic pain, a plethora of treatment options are available to you. A combination of therapies such as chiropractic adjustments, massage, exercise, and acupuncture offers a holistic approach to fixing the root of your pain. Here’s why an ancient treatment like acupuncture is part of modern world treatments, courtesy of Full Range Sports Medicine in Castle Rock, Colorado.
What is Acupuncture?
A practice from ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific areas of the body called acupoints with tiny sterile needles. It dates back at least to 100 BC but is probably even older than that. Chinese medicine is based on the theory that energy flow – called qi or chi – is at the root of health and illness. The energy travels through the body in channels called meridians. Disruptions in the flow result from or cause ill health.
How Acupuncture Works
Although there are several theories, no one knows exactly how acupuncture works. Research does show it can be effective in both humans and animals for certain conditions. One concept is that the needles or pressure on the acupoints stimulates nerves that cause the brain to release certain chemicals. Another is that it reduces the pro-inflammatory markers in the body that cause pain. Some research indicates acupuncture can make certain medications more effective. In the hands of a qualified acupuncturist, the treatment is very safe and complications are rare.
What is Acupuncture Used For?
In China, acupuncture is used for a wide variety of conditions from chronic pain to fertility promotion. In the US, it is most likely to be used in treating chronic pain and to help relieve nausea, especially that caused by chemotherapy. Low back pain, neck pain, and knee pain may respond to acupuncture. The treatment also seems to be effective in some cases of tension headaches and migraines. Researchers are currently looking at whether acupuncture is effective in treating conditions like depression, PTSD, allergies, and asthma.
In traditional acupuncture, the practitioner uses sterile needles. A newer method is the use of low-level or low-power lasers applied to the acupoints. This technique stimulates the cells in the area to function better. Acupressure, as the name implies, is the use of direct pressure on the acupoints. Pressure is applied with the hands, elbows or occasionally a hand-held device. The pressure is thought to clear the meridians and promote the flow of Qi.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
For most people with post-injury or chronic pain, using multiple therapies often achieves the best results. Please contact Front Range Sports Medicine to discuss acupuncture and the other therapies we offer at 1189 South Perry Street in Castle Rock. Our office phone number is (303) 688-8855. We offer extended hours for your convenience.