Acupuncture can dramatically reduce pain! It stimulates the release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters, which are natural painkillers. The needles also act as a stimulus, blocking the pain response to and from the brain. Thus, pain is restored and function is improved, allowing your body to heal.
The American College of Physicians has recommended acupuncture, as well as chiropractic manipulation, as the first-line treatment for lower back pain. Acupuncture has been shown to relieve pain, anxiety, and muscle spasms. Many patients that have chronic pain find relief with acupuncture. Our chiropractors in Woodbury, MN, are happy to offer acupuncture services to those in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.
Generally, needle insertion does not hurt. Electrical stimulation may also be used to further stimulate the needles and reduce pain.