Pain and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
  • Chemotherapy-induced pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
  • Knee Pain
  • Labor pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Tennis elbow
  • and more

Acupuncture and Dry Needling for Pain

Acupuncture and dry needling has been shown to be effective in managing chronic pain conditions. It is used often used as an adjunct or alternative option to support the effects of conventional medical therapy to relieve painful conditions.

Common conditions treated using acupuncture are musculoskeletal pain, joint pain, headache, nerve pain, and trauma.

How often should you get acupuncture for chronic pain?
The frequency and of each duration acupuncture treatment depends on the condition's nature, severity, and duration. For example, acute problems such as sprains usually require fewer sessions, whereas complex or chronic pain conditions require more treatment sessions.

A course of acupuncture therapy is between 6 to 10 treatments, with a rest period in between. Generally, each treatment is around 30 minutes once to twice weekly.

How long does it take for it to provide relief to chronic pain?
Everyone responds to the effects of acupuncture differently, and it's difficult to predict the therapeutic responses. However, generally, patients who respond positively to the treatment will often see improvement after a 3-6 treatment sessions.

How long do the effects of acupuncture last?
The duration of pain relief from acupuncture varies according to the patient’s response. For acute conditions, patients often recover after 3-6 after treatments.  Chronic pain conditions may respond differently and include medication dosage reduction and improvement in chronic symptoms. The duration varies for different conditions and their severities.
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