Acupuncture is a popular treatment used to help alleviate back and neck pain. Tiny needles, about the size of a human hair, are inserted into specific points on the body. Each needle may be twirled, electrically stimulated, or warmed to enhance the effect of the treatment.
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for cervical spondylosis. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cervical spondylosis is usually considered a disorder of the meridians (energetic channels) that traverse the neck and other affected areas, such as the limbs, where you may be experience symptoms such as weakness, tingling or numbness. Acupuncture for cervical spondylosis alleviates symptoms by improving the flow of Qi and Blood along those channels. When undergoing an acupuncture treatment for cervical spondylosis, it is not unusual for acupuncture needles to be placed parts of the body other than the neck. According to acupuncture theory, acupuncture points are connected via energetic channels called meridians and placing a needle in one point on the meridian can affect distant parts of the body along the same meridian. A typical treatment may include points on the ears, feet, hands or head.
Acupuncture for cervical spondylosis involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific points on the body. An acupuncturist uses these needles to influence the flow of vital energy, known as qi, throughout your body and to restore balance to the flow of energy and improve health. Acupuncture works by regulating a patient’s qi, supplementing it if the qi is deficient and dispersing it if qi has become stagnant.
A typical session of acupuncture for cervical spondylosis lasts 45 minutes and it is usually recommended to have one session per week in the beginning of treatment. Patients generally feel very relaxed during and after an acupuncture session. The needles used in acupuncture are much smaller than the needles used to take blood or give shots and therefore do not cause pain when inserted.
There are no side effects to acupuncture for cervical spondylosis. Acupuncture can be combined safely with other treatments you may be getting.