Acupuncture an Effective Treatment for Pain

Research has shown that acupuncture can be an effective tool to treat and manage all kinds of pain.

Whether you suffer from chronic pain or from the pain of a recent injury, acupuncture can be incredibly effective at reducing pain levels and inflammation as well as triggering the body’s relaxation response.   Acupuncture will not interfere with your medications or with other therapies that you are receiving, and our treatments are tailored to your individual needs.

I’m already in so much pain, will the needles hurt?

This is a common question!  Acupuncture does not have to hurt you to provide relief.  You may feel a slight pinprick when the needle is inserted and then you may feel heaviness, tingling, warmth or pressure at the needle once it is in place.  Most people feel deeply relaxed during an acupuncture treatment and many actually fall asleep!

How many treatments will I need to feel better?

Since everyone responds to acupuncture a little bit differently, when and how much pain relief you feel is difficult to predict:  some leave my office pain-free after the first acupuncture visit but most notice small improvements with each visit.  Occasionally, acupuncture treatment is unsuccessful in relieving pain-in that case we talk about why that might be and what other kinds of treatments we would recommend for you.

Will acupuncture cure my pain?

In some cases, acupuncture may provide a cure.  Usually this happens when the pain is caused by a recent injury to soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, bursa, etc.).  In cases of chronic pain, we use acupuncture as a pain management tool, the goal being to reduce your pain levels by 50% or more.  Once we see how well acupuncture works for you, then it will be clear how frequently you’ll need treatment for long-term pain managment.

I don’t want just mask my pain, is the effect of acupuncture similar to the effect of painkillers?

Only in the sense that acupuncture can help reduce or relieve pain.  Whenever possible, we try to understand the “root cause” of the pain and help you remove that root cause.  For example, in Chinese medicine, arthritis is considered the end result of an energetic imbalance in the kidneys, liver and spleen.  In that case, we treat both the pain and inflammation of arthritis as well as the imbalances that allowed it to happen in the first place.

Does acupuncture have any side effects that I should know about?

Aside from the occasional bruising where an acupuncture needle was inserted, when performed properly by a licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe and does not interefere with other therapies, dietary supplements or medications.  Click acupuncture-vs-pain-meds to download my chart comparing acupuncture to popular pain medications.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

This is a common myth about acupuncture that just doesn’t hold true.  Acupuncture is a real therapy that triggers a very real reaction from your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  Plenty of skeptics have walked into our office in pain and walked out feeling better.  A positive attitude is nice to have, but isn’t necessary to get results.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurers cover acupuncture or offer discounts on alternative treatment.  We are providers with Cigna and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  If your plan doesn’t cover acupuncture, you may be eligible for a 20-25% discount.  We recommend that you contact your insurer and/or our office before your first visit to find out what your plan will cover and what you will need to pay.  We also offer shorter, more affordable visits on Monday afternoons (2:00pm to 5:00pm)-35 minute visits for $35 each.

How to I make an appointment?

Click here to make an appointent using our online scheduler or call us at 924-6624.  We look forward to working with you!

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