ACUPUNCTURE FOR PAIN RELIEF IN SAN LEANDRO

Acupuncture is a medical technique that has proven to be effective for back, neck, shoulder, and joint pain, as well as osteoarthritis and headaches/migraines. As one of the oldest healing practices in the world, acupuncture dates back thousands of years as a form of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncturists stimulate specific points on the body by inserting hair-thin needles into the skin. Are you looking for pain management in San Leandro?

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What is an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture at Naturally Gazania Acupuncture and Wellness Center for pain management in San Leandro is performed by competently trained, licensed professionals using individually packaged, sterile, disposable needles made of high-grade stainless steel specially engineered for flexibility and smooth insertion. When the needles are inserted, you may feel a slight prick as they pierce the skin, or you may feel nothing at all. Most people find the procedure relaxing.

 

We use Chinese Medicine modalities to help with your pain. This includes Acupuncture, Infrared lights, Tui na medical massage, nutrition and supplement recommendations, herb formulas, exercises recommendations, cupping, herbal oils and hot towels. 

 

Imaging studies reveal that needling certain points changes blood flow in the brain, and others have shown acupuncture causes the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. There are many ways to perform acupuncture. The type of needle, technique and insertion points can vary. Practitioners may also use heat, pressure, light or mild electrical current to stimulate points on the body.

 

The stimulation of specific sites on the body surface exerts a marked inhibitory influence on pain. The acupoints have been known to the Chinese for many years. Their validity in pain control has been verified by numerous researchers.

One experimentally well-documented mechanism for pain relief by acupuncture is the modulation of endorphin levels. Myofascial pain is relieved primarily by inactivating the source of pain. Acupuncture apparently alleviates the awareness of pain.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a number of studies suggest that acupuncture works particularly well on chronic pain such as back and neck pain; osteoarthritis/knee pain; and headache.

How long does it take?

Preparatory and treatment times vary. Our initial appointment is about 1.5 to 2 hours. The follow-up appointment is 45-60 min.

 

How often can these procedures be done?

Typically for pain, a minimum of three to six weekly or biweekly sessions of acupuncture therapy is required to determine its efficacy for each individual case. After that, treatments can be spaced gradually farther apart while still offering effective pain relief.

What are the expected results?

Results can depend on the type of condition being treated, as well as an individual’s response to treatments. Sometimes immediate relief may be felt. Other times there may be a response in a few days or after a few treatments.

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