Each year, millions of Americans living with pain disorders turn to acupuncture for relief. Research has found acupuncture to be effective in reducing both chronic pain and migraine headache symptoms. While most acupuncture studies have focused on pain disorders, some practitioners also use the technique to treat other ailments, such as some of the common side effects of cancer treatment.
This is one of the biggest concerns for patients considering acupuncture for the first time. After all, more pain is probably the last thing chronic pain patients want. The truth is that patients are unlikely to feel pain at the needle insertion site. In fact, patient rarely -- if ever -- directly feel any kind of sensation with some acupuncture techniques.
However, when undergoing traditional acupuncture, you should feel something as the needles are gently placed in your skin and removed. Patients generally describe this sensation as:
Just keep in mind that any sharp pain if present should be mild and brief: Alert your acupuncturist if you experience discomfort.
Acupuncture was first developed in China thousands of years ago and has since become an important part of traditional Chinese medicine. After a surge in its popularity in China during the mid-20th century, its use spread internationally. Its popularity among patients has continued to grow over recent decades, especially in the United States. Likewise, acupuncture has garnered a significant amount of attention from medical researchers. Unfortunately, the effective and objective evaluation of acupuncture in conventional clinical research settings is difficult for a number of reasons. However, this may change as the field of acupuncture research continues to evolve.
While some physicians consider the evidence of acupuncture's benefits to be inconclusive, many patients see acupuncture as an effective and safe alternative to pain management in cases where other medical interventions have had little to no success.
At New York Medicine Doctors, we take pride in providing patients like you with comprehensive, holistic pain management that goes beyond conventional medical treatment. If you live in the New York area and this approach sounds like the right fit for your needs, schedule an appointment with the practice online right away.
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