Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and subsequently improve function of affected areas of the body. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes very minimal discomfort. One of the most beneficial parts of acupuncture is that there are very few side effects associated with the treatment.
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. These chemicals help to block pathways that relay messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, encouraging general relaxation, and stimulating biochemical restoration of the body’s own internal regulation systems.