Acupuncture triggers natural pain relief

acupuncture SOMA Pain Management ChicagoChinese medicine treats pain and other health problems by inserting thin needles into specific trigger points on your body. Although Western scientists do not know exactly how this works, it appears that acupuncture may actually block pain impulses from reaching your brain. It also increases your pain-reducing endorphin and serotonin levels. At SOMA, we use an innovative acupuncture process combined with massage, chiropractic treatment and homeopathic injections to treat your pain.

Typical acupuncture session and how to prepare for it
To prepare for an acupuncture session. wear comfortable clothing. Expect to be at the clinic for about an hour. After treatment, you may feel sore and tired for the next 24 hours but should feel better the following day.

Acupuncture therapy usually involves a series of weekly or biweekly treatments in an outpatient setting. It is common to have up to 12 treatments in total. Although each acupuncture practitioner has his or her own unique style, each visit typically includes an exam and an assessment of your current condition, the insertion of needles, and a discussion about self-care tips. An acupuncture visit generally lasts about 30 minutes.

Before the needles are placed, you will lie down on a comfortable surface. Depending on where the needles are to go, you will lie face down, face up or on your side. We use single-use sterile packaged needles. You may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted, but generally the procedure isn’t painful.

It is common, however, to feel a deep aching sensation when the needle reaches the correct depth. After placement, the needles are sometimes moved gently or stimulated with low voltage electricity or heat. As many as a dozen needles may need to be placed for each treatment. Once the needles are inserted, they are usually left in place for five to 20 minutes.

Acupuncture treatment is usually followed by a massage and/or a chiropractic treatment. Additionally, we use homeopathic injections to reduce muscle inflammation, if necessary.

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