If appropriate for your condition, the doctor may conduct acupuncture treatments, typical in conjunction with other healing modalities. Acupuncture has an influence on most of the body’s systems – the nervous system, circulation, muscle tone, hormone outputs, antibody production and allergic responses, and the respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle and increases the body’s release of endorphin and serotonin (natural painkillers) in the pain pathways of the spinal cord and the brain. Acupuncture is therefore commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain such as back, shoulder, neck and leg. It is also successfully used to treat:
- trapped nerves
- chronic muscle strains
- sport injuries
- arthritic and rheumatic pain