Acupuncture is an ancient practice dating back 3,000 years ago in China. The practice consists of Dr. Haygood applying thin needles into specific areas. When you visit Essential Wellness of Burleson, serving Burleson, TX, and the nearby region, he may suggest it if you have frequent headaches, lower back pain, anxiety, or a variety of other conditions. 

How Acupuncture Works

During an acupuncture session, your practitioner will ask you to lie on your stomach. Next, he'll position the needles in strategic locations. 

In traditional Chinese medicine, the needles are thought to control qi, which is the life force in their culture. However, in western medicine, the needles are thought to stimulate the central nervous system. Specifically, the needles encourage the release of chemicals that go to the brain, muscles, and spinal cord. In return, you may feel less pain. 

Benefits of Acupuncture 

You may receive acupuncture in our Burleson, TX, office if you have sciatica. This describes when you have nerve-related symptoms that affect your lower back and often extend throughout your legs. Generally, it affects only one of your legs at a time. 

If you're suffering from chronic or acute neck pain, the needles can stimulate the muscles and nerves in the region and ease your pain and discomfort. 

The needles are thought to trigger the release of endorphins, which can help with headaches. It's also believed that acupuncture stimulates blood flow -- another way it can help with headaches. 

Other possible benefits of acupuncture include the following: 

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Allergies
  • Joint pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea from chemotherapy

Safety of Acupuncture

Before you undergo acupuncture, you'll need to go through a comprehensive evaluation, consisting of looking at the color of your face, identifying where your pain is, and checking your pulse. 

Our practitioner will want to know about your medical history to ensure the treatment is safe for you. Certain people shouldn't have this procedure, such as those who have a bleeding disorder. If you receive acupuncture along with electrical pulses, the treatment could interfere with your pacemaker. 

As a general rule, though, acupuncture is safe when performed by a professional with adequate training and experience. Since your practitioner will use sterile needles, you have minimal risk of infection. Possible side effects tend to be mild and include minor bleeding at the insertion site. Bruising or soreness is possible as well. 

Acupuncture is a possible treatment given by our Burleson, TX, chiropractor at Essential Wellness of Burleson, serving Burleson, TX, and neighboring communities. It has many benefits with few cons. 

Book an appointment to discover it for yourself by calling 817-371-2551.

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