A number of studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in certain painful conditions. The National Institute of Health (NIH) endorses acupuncture as a reasonable treatment modality for musculoskeletal pain including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and joint pain, temporomandibular joint disorder, and headaches.
Acupuncture can provide relief for both acute myofascial pain and chronic pain conditions.
Acupuncture has been shown in studies to be an effective treatment for stress, anxiety, and depression, and should be considered as an adjunct treatment. In today's fast paced world, it seems that our bodies and minds are constantly under seige, which can not only cause anxiety, racing thoughts, trouble sleeping and decreased mental clarity, but also induces our bodies to release stress hormones that can increase heart rate and blood pressure, contribute to gut problems, cause muscle tension and depress our immune systems.
An acupuncture session provides dedicated time for self care and relaxation and can help restore the body's sense of equilibrium.
Acupuncture has been a modality in the treatment of women's unique health issues for centuries. It can in addition to some lifestyle modifications help dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cycles), ameliorate symptoms of menopause, help treat hormonal imbalances and PCOS, and can also be used in conjunction with other modalities (such as IVF) to improve outcomes in fertility.
Migraine/ Tension Headaches
A number of quality studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of migraine and tension headaches. Frequent and/ or prolonged headaches as can occur with migraines can be highly disruptive and have deleterious effects on life quality and enjoyment. In addition to identifying lifestyle triggers to avoid, and taking prophylactic medications, acupuncture may actually reduce the frequency of migraine headaches with an effect similar to medication.
Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of illness and death in the U.S. Quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health, but the road to quitting is admittedly not easy. Acupuncture can offer relief by helping you curb the craving for cigarettes. This requires frequent treatments over a period of time and can be complimentary to other modalities of quitting such as hypnotherapy and counseling.
For the best chance of success, we suggest that you pick a quit date prior to starting acupuncture and be tobacco free for at least 24 hours.