We at Family Chiropractic in Baxter / Brainerd, Minnesota, provide acupuncture treatment for many conditions because it works. We have seen that acupuncture helps our patients get over health issue symptoms more quickly and makes treatment for repetitive or chronic issues last longer. To help you decide whether acupuncture might be a good option for you,
here are 6 Facts to Know About Acupuncture for Health Issues.
1. Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world.
Recently my colleague, Dr. Jennifer Person, published an article explaining that acupuncture, a type of traditional Chinese medicine, has been used continuously in Asia for millennia and is now also widely accepted in the United States and other western countries.
2. Research shows that acupuncture is successful in treating a variety of health issues.
In our office, we use acupuncture to effectively treat chronic conditions such as neck, back, or shoulder pain, headaches and TMJ, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, chronic pain syndrome, Fibromyalgia, knee pain, and disk herniations. Our treatment of plantar fasciitis is so effective that we get many referrals specifically for that condition.
3. Acupuncture has been proven to be effective and is well understood.
When we look at acupuncture from the perspective of western medicine—what it is physiologically doing—we understand that acupuncture elicits a neurological response by stimulating receptors in the skin that block pain signals by intercepting them in the spinal cord before they reach and register in the brain. This is the “gate theory of pain.”
When we use acupuncture to treat trigger points—to release muscle knots—the goal is to increase blood flow. When muscles are chronically tight there isn’t good blood flow. This is called muscle hypoxia. The muscle can’t breathe. Acupuncture can draw blood flow, which draws nutrients in and waste products out. This increases muscle relaxation.
4. Many Insurance and health plans pay for acupuncture.
MN Care and Medicaid are two of the plans that pay for acupuncture treatment, and we love that, because acupuncture is so versatile and can treat so many conditions. All it takes is a quick phone call to your insurance company to find out if it pays for acupuncture treatment.
5. Even if your insurance doesn’t cover acupuncture, it is still an affordable health care option.
We offer very affordable package plans for acupuncture — in which the full price for each session costs less than many people pay in insurance copays to see a medical specialist. A 6-treatment plan is only $210.
6. An average acupuncture treatment plan for health issues may require six treatment sessions.
After the first treatment, we don’t expect to see any change. Symptoms will improve with each successive treatment. On average, we expect to have the condition under control after the 6th treatment. That’s why we offer our 6-treatment plan. It helps you keep your commitment to improved health while keeping your investment in your health under control.
Now that you know acupuncture is one of the most popular medical treatments for a wide variety of health issues, is effective, well understood, and affordable, you might decide that you want to give acupuncture a try. Call us, and we’ll get you on your way to realizing quick, lasting relief of your symptoms.