Acupuncture has been in existence in Eastern medicine for over 3000 years. It began in China and for the last few decades it is been increasing tremendously in popularity in the United States.
Around 1997, both the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization recommended acupuncture to be included in mainstream medicine due to its beneficial effects for pain management. That boosted Western Medicine’s acceptance of acpuncture, and it’s extremely popular today.
Quite a few research studies have shown the beneficial effects of acupuncture for such problems as osteoarthritis, back pain, chronic neck pain and other musculoskeletal problems.
Acupuncture techniques vary widely. The standard of care for the needles is that they are single use, sterilized and disposable. Most patients do not feel when the acupuncture needles are placed through the skin. The acupuncture provider sometimes will tap the needles or rotate them. There also techniques involving incense on the needles or a mild electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture works by restoring the energy channels in the body. There are quite a few of them called meridians and they flow through the upper and lower extremities providing what it’s called Qi. If those energy flows are disrupted, the theory is that disease can result.
Applying the acupuncture needles to the affected area can restore the flow of energy through the meridians. The risks of acupuncture with a licensed provider are rare. There’s a risk of infection especially if the needles are not properly sterilized and they are reused. There’s also a risk of the needles being inserted too deeply. One of the main risks is that pain relief will not be achieved.
There are a number of different individuals who provide acupuncture. There are those who are trained specifically for acupuncture and they achieve the designation of LAC which is a licensed acupuncturist. There are also those who perform acupuncture with an additional certification and that may include an MD or a DO or a chiropractor and possibly a Nurse Practitioner.
Acupuncture has been shown to have tremendous pain management properties. If you are suffering from a pain problem it may be your best interest to have acupuncture performed.
The Florida Pain Network has directory listings for pain management providers, physical therapists, acupuncture providers, and chiropractors. For instance on the Pain Management Fort Myers page, you may find listings close to the city and it will tell you the exact mileage from your location with Google Maps. The site is geo-targeted, simply plug in your zip code and the closest listings will appear.The Network recently has included National Pain Institute, which has 7 pain clinics in Florida including 3 pain clinics in Orlando Florida.
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