For more than 3,500 years acupuncture has been providing relief to people around the world. Originally developed in China, this soothing therapy is today embraced by people who seek to optimize health and alleviate symptoms caused by ailments that range from arthritis to migraines to morning sickness.
During a treatment special points on the body are stimulated to activate our body’s natural ability to heal.
Acupuncture sessions generally run about 1 hour. Patients lie on a heated, padded table and soft music plays in the background. Some patients say they feel sensations during the treatment, which is good – because that means healing energy is moving through the body. But many people fall asleep.
Many acupuncture points are near nerves. When stimulated, the point sends a message along the nerve to the brain and spinal cord. This causes the brain to release chemicals such as endorphins. These are chemicals our own body produces that alter or eliminate the message of pain being delivered to the brain. The release of these “feel-good” mood-regulating chemicals makes people feel better physically and emotionally. And when someone’s emotional outlook shifts, their quality of life improves.
Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture bolsters various systems within the body, including the nervous system and immune system. Acupuncture also decreases the inflammation associated with different diseases and relieves muscle spasms and pain.
Then World Health Organization(WHO) endorses acupuncture, and clinical studies have shown it to be beneficial treatment for many conditions, including:
- Chronic pain: migraines, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel, TMJ/TMD, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
- Digestive disorders: IBS, nausea, gastritis, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation
- Reproductive disorders: Infertility, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, menopause, pregnancy related conditions such as morning sickness
- Psychological and emotional disorders: depression, PTSD, anxiety, stress, insomnia
- High blood pressure
- Obesity – when coupled with diet and exercise
Some patients may feel a tiny prick when the hair-thin needle is inserted. Others feel a tickle. Some don’t feel a thing.
Yes. In Arkansas, acupuncture practitioners are licensed by the state. They must possess a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Plus, all licensed acupuncturists must pass board exams in acupuncture and herbal medicine(NCCAOM).
Please check with your insurer. We accept health savings cards and are happy to provide a receipt for reimbursement.
Acupuncture is generally covered and paid for by car accident insurance(PIP) in Arkansas.