Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that has been used for over two thousand years. Acupuncturists are health care professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating illnesses with acupuncture, restoring balance to the body’s energy flow. Acupuncturist Denver works by stimulating points on the skin called acupoints which help release endorphins, chemicals that make people feel good. Acupuncture is most commonly used as a method of treating pain.
Acupuncturists use sterilized needles to stimulate acupoints in order to control and direct energy flow throughout the body.
Acupuncture is especially effective for treating chronic pain, stress management and numerous other illnesses. It is also beneficial for improving sleep quality, increasing energy levels, reducing nausea caused by chemotherapy or pregnancy, stabilizing blood pressure or heart rate, promoting weight loss and even corrects problems with vision. People who are suffering from cancer can greatly benefit from acupuncture because it helps reduce the side effects of chemotherapy like nausea and vomiting. However, most people use acupuncture as a method to relieve stress and improve their overall health; which in turn reduces the risk of developing common illnesses that many Americans suffer from on a daily basis such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or obesity.
Before beginning treatment an Acupuncturist Denver will conduct several five-minute examinations (depending on the severity of symptoms) to determine which acupoints need treatment. After the examinations are done, the acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific points along meridians (energy channels) found in the body. It is believed that inserting these needles generates electrical impulses than can spread out across the body and help normalize energy levels. The patient may feel a sensation or nothing at all when needles are inserted due to each individual’s pain threshold. However most patients report feeling relaxed after getting their acupuncture treatments, therefore making it easier for them to fall asleep at night without experiencing any side effects like grogginess or nausea in the morning.
Though there hasn’t been extensive research completed specifically studying how acupuncture works, there are several theories. One theory is that the needle stimulation causes an increase in neurotransmitters which boosts the release of endorphins. Another idea is that inserting needles into various points throughout the body stimulates organs and this kick starts the body’s natural healing process by healing the lungs, spleen or kidneys for example. The last theory suggests that acupuncture works to stimulate sensory nerves causing them to release chemicals like serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine (chemicals in your brain) which all contribute to feelings of happiness and relaxation.
There aren’t many side effects to acupuncture treatment unless you have a latex allergy or if you get treatments with unsterilized needles. If you do develop an allergic reaction it usually includes itching, hives and possibly a rash. If you do not have a latex allergy, but experience side effects from acupuncture treatments with unsterilized needles it is most likely due to an infection caused by bacteria or virus on the needle itself. However this can be easily prevented if the practitioner only uses one single sterilized needle for each patient. Also there is no evidence that acupuncture causes infertility problems so there shouldn’t be any side effects associated with becoming pregnant after receiving treatment.
Acupuncturist Denver can offer many benefits for those who suffer from stress and other medical conditions; easing pain and making people feel relaxed without medication like: ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol Though more research must be completed before acupuncture can be declared as a safe and effective medical treatment, there is no evidence that it causes any long lasting side effects.
Conditions Treated With Acupuncture:
- High Blood Pressure
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (pain and numbness in the hands and wrists)
- Chronic Back or Neck Pain
- Neck Pain from whiplash or an injury to the spine from a car accident or sports injury. Heart Disease
- Cancer Treatment Side Effects including nausea, vomiting, insomnia