A Look at Medical Acupuncture
Have you been feeling under the weather? Maybe you’ve just experienced a car accident or received a chronic pain diagnosis. Whatever the case, medical acupuncture can help. Medical acupuncture is a natural treatment dating back to ancient China that uses thin needles to stimulate parts of your body. Thinking about voluntarily getting needles inserted may make you shudder, but acupuncture is surprisingly effective and can treat a wide range of conditions. From sciatica pain to arthritis to post-operative recovery, adding acupuncture to a treatment plan has been shown to help accelerate recovery and relieve stress, which helps you heal more efficiently.
The Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County offers top-of-the-line acupuncture treatment to help you recover well. Our acupuncturist Dr. Charles Graubert is a South Florida native who specializes in acupuncture and has been in practice for more than two decades. Dr. Graubert is here and ready to help when you are in need.
For now, let’s take a look at what medical acupuncture entails.
What is acupuncture?
As we mentioned previously, acupuncture dates back to ancient China. Some historians estimate the practice dates back more than 7,000 years, while others are more conservative and say it’s been around for about 2,000 years. Regardless of how long acupuncture has been practiced, it’s become a popular form of treatment in the Western world.
During medical acupuncture, thin, sterile needles are inserted into your skin around the affected area. If you’ve never experienced acupuncture, you may be wary of this, but you have no reason to fear: patients usually don’t feel any pain upon insertion. The average acupuncture session lasts 30 minutes to an hour and may also include heat or electrical stimulation. It’s important to only receive acupuncture from trained medical professionals, as the procedure could be dangerous otherwise.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is effective when it comes to pain management and relief because it stimulates the affected parts of your body, which can help increase blood flow and circulation. You’ll talk to your doctor about which treatment plan will be most effective for you. You may need to come in multiple times a week for treatment, depending on the severity of your pain. Once you commit to a schedule, it’s important to stick to it to receive the full benefits of medical acupuncture.
Additionally, prioritizing regular exercise and a healthy diet can help make your medical acupuncture plan even more effective. When you’re kind to your body, it repays the favor.
If you’re considering medical acupuncture, reach out to the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County. Our team has been treating the people of South Florida for decades, and we offer state-of-the-art equipment and procedures. Contact the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County to find out how we can help.