St. Louis Acupuncture
We strive to offer patients the best natural pain relief in St. Louis, and that means employing a variety of evidence-based, non-invasive techniques. Our St. Louis chiropractors are licensed acupuncturists who use quality acupuncture in conjunction with chiropractic care and physical therapy.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a collection of therapies involving the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific points of the body. This alleviates a number of physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in China, acupuncture has been practiced by traditional Chinese health practitioners for hundreds of years, and more recently by a growing number of healthcare providers in the US, Europe, and Canada. When delivered by a qualified acupuncturist, such as your St. Louis chiropractor, acupuncture is considered a safe, effective option for relief of chronic pain.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
According to traditional Chinese medicine, many physical, mental, and emotional symptoms stem from an imbalance in the body's energy flow (qi) which can be corrected by stimulating specific points in the body (called acupuncture points) with the insertion of needles at varying depths. Many Western practitioners integrate this philosophy into their practice of acupuncture, however research from the British Medical Journal has shown that you do not need Chinese philosophy to deliver effective acupuncture.
Currently, scientists do not yet fully understand the biological mechanisms behind acupuncture. However, it has been found that the insertion of acupuncture needles stimulates blood flow in the injured area and initiates the release of the body's natural (endogenous) pain killers.
What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization states that acupuncture is effective for 28 conditions, while growing research continues to expand that number. At Accident & Pain Relief Center, our St. Louis chiropractors use acupuncture to alleviate the following conditions:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Sciatica and sciatic nerve pain
- Post-operative nausea
- Knee pain
- Menstrual pain and painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
We're proud to offer acupuncture, physical therapy, and chiropractic all under the same roof. This enables our St. Louis patients to reap the benefits of all three effective treatments. Call our Accident & Pain Relief of St. Louis at (314) 588-9100 today.
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