If you’ve never heard of acupuncture therapy, the thought of someone inserting needles into your skin might sound pretty terrifying! The truth is though, this kind of therapy isn’t meant to cause pain — it’s meant to  relieve it.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain, acupuncture therapy could be a great solution to your problem. Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate the endorphin system which can result in reduced pain and inflammation.

Interested in learning more about acupuncture and how it could relieve your pain? Contact Richmond Physical Therapy in Staten Island today for more information. We’ll have you feeling better in no time.


What Is Acupuncture, & How Does It Work?


Although this might be your first time learning about it, acupuncture therapy is nothing new. According to Healthline, it’s been studied and practiced for over 2,500 years! Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate the endorphin system which can result in reduced pain and inflammation. It can also help a multitude of conditions, including arthritis, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, sprains, strokes, and chronic pain in many areas of the body. 

Acupuncture is a method of treatment used to stimulate areas with many nerves, and relieve pain and symptoms of many different conditions by inserting small needles into “trigger points” on the skin. Trigger points are tight bands of skeletal muscles inside of a larger group of muscles. 

Through acupuncture, many different organs, tissues, muscles, and  functions of the body can be positively affected. Our physical therapist at Richmond Physical Therapy use this method of treatment to improve range of motion, relieve pain and inflammation, and release muscle tension.


What Should I Expect With Acupuncture Therapy?


Most acupuncture sessions last around an hour. Everyone responds differently to treatment, however, at your initial consultation, your physical therapist will be able to do a conclusive assessment of your condition. He or she will then create a treatment plan for you, which will be tailored to your individual needs. 

Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three. It’s important to remember that everyone’s pain condition is different, and so their acupuncture treatment will be as well. 

The response rate to acupuncture treatment is high, especially for patients with pain of musculoskeletal origin or headaches. The complication and side effect rate is extremely low. It’s certainly worth giving Richmond Physical Therapy a call today to discuss your options, and see acupuncture is the right choice for you.

Contact Richmond Physical Therapy in Staten Island Today

Contact our office today to set up an appointment with one of our trained physical therapist about acupuncture, and how it can relieve your pain symptoms.