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Health Benefits of Acupuncture

Posted on August 10, 2020 by Dr.Paul

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine with roots in traditional Chinese culture. It involves inserting thin needles into key parts of the body to positively affect the nervous, digestive, cardiovascular or endocrine systems. Despite what some believe, acupuncture is not painful. In fact, the needles used are so thin that some people are not bothered by them at all. The anxiety of the procedure is often worse than the act itself! 

Acupuncture for pain relief

Acupuncture is a safe and well-tolerated treatment option for a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, neurological disorders and eye diseases. In the midst of the opioid crisis, there is a growing demand for alternative, holistic methods for pain relief, and acupuncture is filling the void. 

The theory behind acupuncture stems from releasing energy or “qi (chi),” by stimulating specific points on the body. In Western terms, the needle stimulates a nerve, which sends a signal to the brain to release certain endorphins, ultimately relieving pain. 

Benefits of acupuncture

Acupuncture is growing in popularity, not just because of its pain-fighting abilities but also its overall health benefits. For one, acupuncture can lower the need for opioids in treating chronic pain conditions. Additionally, acupuncture has several proven mental and wellness benefits, including reduced stress, improved sleep, and lower eye strain.  

Acupuncture at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Kuzminov is our licensed acupuncturist at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He specializes in the treatment of neurological conditions and pain management through his acupuncture practice. Patients looking for relief from their headaches, back pain, joint pain or neurological conditions may benefit from Dr. Kuzminov’s expertise.  

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Kuzminov to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture for you!