Acupuncture is a traditional Eastern medicinal practice that has been adopted by many Western medical practices for therapeutic uses. Acupuncture is particularly useful in the management of chronic pain. If acupuncture has been recommended to you, here is a look at what to expect from your first treatment:
- Consultation with Your Pain Management Specialist
Before the acupuncture session, your physician will determine if acupuncture will help your condition. You will be asked questions about your medical history and lifestyle to help build a picture of what your medical needs are and how they can best be met. During the actual procedure, it is best to remain still and follow any directions given to you by the physician. Patient movement can lead to improper needle placement, which can cause pain or soreness.
- Relief from Your Pain After the Procedure
The primary tools used during the procedure are a series of hair-thin metallic needles. These are used to reach pressure points and nerve points in a very specific way that is intended to relieve pain. Everyone experiences acupuncture differently, with some people feeling energized by the procedure and others feeling a sense of relaxation. Most patients do not feel pain from the needles, and most feel pain relief from the treatment.
When you receive acupuncture, be sure to relax. You are in professional hands, and the treatment is designed to alleviate pain. Garden State Pain Management has found acupuncture practices to be a useful tool in helping patients cope with pain. Patients with chronic pain, particularly lower back pain, may want to inquire about the use of acupuncture in their pain treatment. For more information on acupuncture and our pain management techniques, call (888) 481-6521 today.