Looking to try a different technique to treat chronic pain? Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from traditional Chinese medicine practices in which specific points (“acupoints”) on the body are stimulated by inserting thin needles into the skin. Surprisingly, this practice that involves needles is relatively painless!
Acupuncture can be used to treat the following:
Headaches and Migraines
Pregnancy/Postpartum Pain and Discomfort
Acupuncture practitioners believe that there is a flow, known as “qi” or “chi,” that is located in certain areas (“meridians”) throughout the body. Chi is thought to be what separates the sick from the healthy; when chi is not balanced, illness, pain, poor sleep and fatigue can all occur. The belief is that by inserting needles lightly into certain points on the body, the chi flow can be tapped into and the patient’s energy can be rebalanced. Acupuncture points tend to be located where nerves enter a muscle, the midpoint of a muscle, or at a point where muscle joins with bone.
Acupuncture can be scheduled as often as five times a week or as little as once a month, depending on the condition. Initial visits usually range from $75 to $95 for an acupuncture session and medical consultation, and routine visits usually cost $50 to $70.