What is Acupuncture

Support Your Treatment With Acupuncture

Chiropractic treatment can help with a lot of musculoskeletal problems, and it's been increasingly partnered with acupuncture to create a whole-system plan for wellness after injury and illness. At Circle Chiropractic Center, P.C., in Fairfax, you can work with both a chiropractor and licensed acupuncturist to design a series of customized treatments to soothe muscle and joint issues.

Acupuncture's Long History

Acupuncture is a treatment in which very thin needles are placed at specific points on your body. These points are "connected," in a way, and signal your body to begin healing itself. Acupuncture has companion treatment modalities like acupressure, which follows the same concept as acupuncture but uses finger pressure, rather than needles, to activate the points. There are also additional treatments often done in concert with acupuncture, such as moxibustion, depending on the treatment and the practitioner's training.

The needles used in acupuncture do not hurt, though patients might feel a slight pressure. These needles are not inserted far, nor do they deliver any medicine like hypodermic needles. They are thin enough to get through a layer of skin but do not draw blood or leave marks when handled correctly (this is why practitioners have to undergo training and licensing).

The way acupuncture works is still under investigation. However, research has found that stimulating the acupuncture points allows your body to release substances like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. It has been used in other countries and in history as anesthesia, most famously when New York Times vice president James Reston was given acupuncture for anesthesia during an appendectomy.

Acupuncture is often used to control pain, which makes sense given its anesthetic history. Back, neck, and knee pain have all been commonly treated. Many more conditions may benefit from acupuncture, such as menopausal symptoms and more. Research is ongoing, but it's clear that along with chiropractic treatments, acupuncture is gaining mainstream respect.

During a session, you'll sit or lie down quietly while the acupuncturist inserts the needles. Then, you'll simply continue to remain quiet and as motionless as possible. When a certain amount of time, like 30 minutes to an hour, has elapsed, the needles will be removed.

Try This Treatment and See How It Works for You

Circle Chiropractic Center, P.C., in Fairfax, offers acupuncture as one of its main services. If you've been having issues with muscle or joint pain, acupuncture might be a good avenue for you. Call us at 703-385-2990 to arrange for a consultation.


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