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Relieving Pain With Acupuncture

The ancient art of acupuncture has been used in Asia for centuries to treat many conditions and relieve pain.  It’s now being used all over the world to ease everything from lower back pain, to shingles, headaches, and menstrual cramps.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at certain points to correct imbalances in the flow of energy (also known as qi, pronounced “chee”) to promote the natural self-healing process, thus alleviating pain in the body.

Acupuncture works to do this by producing a signal that travels along the spinal cord to the brain, triggering a release of endorphins, which scientists believe reduces the sensation of pain by acting as a natural painkiller.  Research also shows that inserting an acupuncture needle aids in the production of cortisol, a hormone that helps control inflammation which is attributed as one of the major causes of pain.

During your treatment, your acupuncturist may enhance the effects of the needles by twirling them, applying heat or applying electrical stimulation.  They may also perform moxibustion, which is the burning of a therapeutic herb on or near the skin to strengthen the blood and stimulate the flow of energy.

The acupuncturist typically inserts four to 10 needles and leaves them in place for 10 to 30 minutes while you rest.  A usual course of treatment includes six to 12 sessions over a three-month period, depending on your situation and suggested treatment plan.

Acupuncture is generally safe and effective if performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.  Your acupuncturist will use a single-use, sealed needle package which will eliminate the risks of blood-borne infections such as hepatitis B or HIV.  One of the major benefits of trying acupuncture for pain relief over taking anti-inflammatory drugs is its’ lack of side effects in comparison to pharmaceuticals.

Most people know that acupuncture works successfully to relieve pain, but many of it’s other uses may also surprise you.  Acupuncture is believed to treat a range of ailments such as infertility and hormone imbalance, to allergies, digestion and even anxiety.  You should always seek out an experienced acupuncturist who completed an accredited program at an acupuncture school.  There are many practitioners who can receive acupuncture certificates in a short amount of time and do not have the clinical experience that a licensed acupuncturist may have.

Visit: http://lifestyle-clinic.com/services/acupuncture-charlotte/ to learn more about how acupuncture can help you!

At The Lifestyle Clinic, we are now offering acupuncture with Dr. Zachary Hurt. For a limited time, he is offering 2 sessions for the price of 1! Call today to schedule your appointment before it’s over!

References:

http:// www.health.harvard.edu/blog/acupuncture-is-worth-a-try-for-chronic-pain-201304016042

http:// www.acupuncturetoday.com/abc/moxibustion.php

http:// www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/mind-body-pain-relief/oa-acupuncture.php

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Now Offering Acupuncture!

Having been utilized in China for millennia, acupuncture is quickly becoming recognized as a mainstream alternative to conventional medicine in the United States. Known for its efficacy, research shows that acupuncture treats many illnesses – from the common cold to chronic pain or fatigue. Dr. Zachary Hurt provides an effective approach to acupuncture by bridging the gap between ancient Chinese theories and modern evidence-based research to provide exceptional patient-centered care.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treats a WIDE variety of common illnesses/conditions – both acute and chronic. Acupuncture is also great to help keep you “tuned up” and performing optimally. Below is a list of commonly treated conditions:

  • Regional Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Facial Pain/TMJ
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Induction of Labor
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Post-operative Palliative Care
  • Stroke Complications
  • Hyper/Hypotension
  • Leukopenia (low white blood cells)
  • Chemo/Radiation Palliative Care
  • Allergies/Allergic Rhinitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Infertility
  • PMS/Heavy Menses
  • Gastritis
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Food/Drug/Alcohol Addiction
  • Nerve Damage/Paralysis

Will Acupuncture Hurt?

A common misconception with acupuncture is that it will be painful or uncomfortable. This is absolutely NOT true. The size of each needle is roughly the width of a single hair. Around 40 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one hypodermic needle (a needle used to withdraw blood). The only sensation you should typically feel is heaviness or achiness around the needle insertion site.

Typically patients report that acupuncture sessions are very relaxing – sometimes to the point where a patient will fall asleep during the treatment. Our goal is to ease your pain, so if at any time a needle feels uncomfortable, the needle will be either repositioned or removed.

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What Should Be Expected?

Your first acupuncture session will last around 1 hour and will consist of a brief intake discussing your chief concerns and medical history, a Chinese pulse and tongue examination, and the acupuncture treatment. Each treatment after the initial visit will generally last about 30 minutes, as there will be a shorter intake and more treatment time. A common question concerning acupuncture is how many treatments it takes before results are achieved. While there is not one answer for every person, it generally takes more treatments the more chronic the condition. Someone that has recently sprained his or her ankle will respond faster to treatment than someone with a 10-year history of rheumatoid arthritis.

The Lifestyle Clinic is now offering a LIMITED TIME INTRODUCTORY OFFER of 50% OFF! That’s 2 treatments for $125!! Call today to schedule with Dr. Hurt at (704) 334-3761.

Learn more about Dr. Zachary Hurt here: http://lifestyle-clinic.com/our-team/