Medical acupuncture is a therapy of pain relief by inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific areas of skin/muscles.
Inserting acupuncture needles into the skin/muscles creates a relaxation of the muscles, inhibits pain pathways neurologically, and to release body’s neurochemicals called endorphins.
Fine needles are inserted into an area of muscles that display characteristics of trigger point (pain on an area of the muscle). The needles may be gently manipulated mildly to stimulate pain receptors and increase the blood supply in the area.
Multiple amounts of needles may be used in areas locally to the pain and more slightly distant from the area.
Does it hurt?
The needles are fine; it can give minuscule pain that is not noticed. Nevertheless, many practitioners, including myself have not reported much pain. In my experience, the majority of the situation causing pain is in treating heavily inflamed joint osteoarthritis, but this subsides very quickly.
What does it usually treat?
Treat musculoskeletal pain, for example – back, shoulder, neck and leg pain.
It has been used to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains, sports injuries and various kinds of arthritic and rheumatic pain.
Is there any aftercare from acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture causes the release of endorphins; it can cause you to feel very relaxed, almost sleepy.
Mild soreness can occur the next day, but this subsides on the same day, but this is a rare occurrence.
Another rare occurrence is bruising, which is not painful, just visible. It occurs when a needle passes through a small vein. The bruise goes away in 2 to 3 days.