North Port Acupuncture Services

For Acupuncture Treatments in North Port Florida, call Grappin Chiropractic Clinic today at 941-426-9551

grappin-acupuncture-treatment-clinicWhat is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture helps promote natural healing and improve functioning of the body by inserting thin needles at very precise acupuncture points. Heat or electrical stimulation may also be applied.

How does it work?

Chinese medicine would explain that there are meridians, or channels of energy, that run through and over the surface of the body that are like rivers flowing through it to irrigate and nourish the tissues. Obstructions to the flow of these channels of energy can create imbalances in our body systems.

The acupuncture needles unblock these obstructions and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production.

The modern scientific explanation is that acupuncture treatment stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. Which can change the experience of pain, or can trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

This results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and also helps promote physical and emotional well-being.

acupuncture-medicalWhat is Medical Acupuncture and how is it different?

Though acupuncture is a very old medical art, there are many approaches to practicing it. Medical acupuncture is a term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use one or the other approach, or a combination of both, to treat an illness.

Medical acupuncture is a health care system which can: promote health and well-being, help prevent illness, and be used for treatment of various medical conditions, as well as pain control.

acupuncture-therapyWHO (World Health Organization) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:  

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
  • Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.

Acupuncture is especially useful in treating physical problems related to stress, tension and emotional conditions.

grappin-chiropractic-clinic-therapy-room-slideHow many acupuncture treatments are needed?

For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, but this may differ from person to person.

What side effects are there, if any?

Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins. Sometimes the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not be concerning, as they are simply indications that the treatments are beginning to work. It is common to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the first or second treatment. This passes in a short time and a bit of rest.

acupuncture needleDo the needles hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin and made from stainless steel. The point is smooth and insertion is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.

Most people feel only slight pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.
Because your doctor carefully sterilizes the needles using the same techniques as for surgical instruments, or uses disposable needles, there is no risk of infection.

Does it really work?

Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined.
Today it is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in America by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be combined with other techniques being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that your physician-acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from your treatments.

acupuncture-treatment-tipsTo enhance the value of an acupuncture treatment, the following guidelines are important:

  • Do not eat a large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
  • Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after treatment.
  • Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest. This is especially important for the first few visits.
  • Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Other drugs and alcohol, especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments.

Remember to make notes of what your response is to the treatment was. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you.

Does health insurance cover treatments?

More insurance companies today are recognizing the value of providing coverage for medical acupuncture services. Some insurance companies do cover acupuncture costs. Each policy must be reviewed to determine acupuncture benefits.

You can help by insisting that your insurance company offer you reimbursement for medically indicated acupuncture treatments before you accept their policy.

To schedule a complimentary acupuncture consultation call Grappin Chiropractic of North Port today!