Acupuncture is a traditional medicine technique that can help patients increase wellness or find relief from pain. At Gaslamp Chiropractic in San Diego, California, acupuncture is just one of many holistic health services designed to help each patient achieve optimal health and well-being. Contact the Downtown Gaslamp Quarter office or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Acupuncture uses very thin, sterilized needles inserted at specific points in your body to help treat many health conditions or help you maintain wellness. It is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in practice for thousands of years and has grown more and more popular in the United States over the last few decades.
Practitioners of acupuncture believe it helps balance the flow of energy (qi) throughout your body. If disrupted, this flow can cause pain and other problems. Inserting the needles in the correct areas helps rebalance flow. The needles may also help stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, prompting your body to naturally heal and care for itself.
Acupuncture should always be performed by a licensed acupuncturist, like those at Gaslamp Chiropractic. These professionals have undergone education and training to provide safe, effective treatment.
Acupuncture may help you maintain overall wellness by improving your sleep, digestive health, and feelings of well-being.
It is also part of holistic treatment for many health conditions, including:
Acupuncture can also help support lifestyle changes, like losing weight or quitting smoking. At Gaslamp Chiropractic, you can also use cupping, another traditional Chinese medicine, in combination with acupuncture to help with pain or inflammation.
When practiced by an experienced, trained expert, acupuncture is very safe and poses few risks. However, acupuncture may not be right for everyone. You may face higher risks with acupuncture treatment if you:
If any of these things describe you, you should speak to your doctor before undergoing acupuncture.
During your acupuncture appointment at Gaslamp Chiropractic, you lie in a relaxing room. Your acupuncturist inserts clean, single-use needles into specific areas of your body where you have indicated you have pain or other problems. They then leave the needles in place for a short time while you relax and breathe deeply.
Your entire appointment may last around 30 minutes to an hour. Gaslamp Chiropractic recommends one or two appointments per week for the best results.
At Gaslamp Chiropractic, a licensed acupuncturist plays an important role in the wellness team, offering holistic health care. Contact the office today or book an appointment online for your acupuncture consultation.