Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on
your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly
used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of
energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways
(meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians,
acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner
using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising
where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice
standard, so the risk of infection is minimal. Not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture.
You may be at risk of complications if you:
• Have a bleeding disorder. Your chances of bleeding or bruising from the needles
increase if you have a bleeding disorder or if you're taking blood thinners.
• Have a pacemaker. Acupuncture that involves applying mild electrical pulses to the
needles can interfere with a pacemaker's operation.
• Are pregnant. Some types of acupuncture are thought to stimulate labor, which could
result in a premature delivery.
Common conditions that can be treated with Acupuncture:
- Neck And Back Pain
- Tight Muscles
- Muscle Spasms
- Postural Problems
- Tendinitis Or Tendinopathy
- Muscle Strains
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow