Herniated discs and acupuncture

Acupuncture is rooted in the belief that everyone has an energy force called  Qi

When the Qi is blocked or unbalanced, your body may respond with pain and illness. Traditional acupuncturists aim to free up the acupuncture channels, by inserting extremely thin needles into specific points in your body’s meridians.

Based on your specific diagnosis, the practitioner will likely insert multiple needles that are left in for about 20-40 minutes.

Acupuncture also triggers the release of endorphins into the bloodstream. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain relievers, and, their release decreases your perception of pain.

Pain signals travel from the area of injury to the spinal cord into the brain because the nerves can only handle a limited number of signals at once. Acupuncture is thought to generate faster signals to crowd out the slow-moving pain signals, thus blocking out the pain.

Alternative and complementary treatments such as acupuncture may relieve pain associated with a herniated or bulging disc.

If you’re considering this treatments, you should consult a licensed acupuncturist.

When you start any new medical program, let your practitioner know if you have any health conditions besides pain from your herniated disc. It’s also important to note that these treatments are most effective when a treatment plan is followed, and momentum is gained. Overnight success, although it may happen, is rare, but overtime, recovery is often made


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