Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. Research has shown that needle insertions stimulate the production of natural pain-killing substances and other chemical substances such as endorphins, enkephalins, and serotonin. There is empirical scientific evidence suggesting that acupuncture also blocks the transmission of pain impulses from various parts of the body to the central nervous system.
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels or meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers can be compared to a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points. The acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablishes the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Medical acupuncture is a system which can influence three areas of health care:
Acupuncture is often associated with pain control, especially in the hands of our Center's well-trained practitioners, however acupuncture has much broader applications. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
Does Acupuncture hurt?
When our doctors have obtainied the correct stimulus of the needle, you may feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian. You should barely feel the actual insertion of the needle as the needles are thin and diminuitive. Acupuncute needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. Some patients feel only minimal pain, other patients may feel no pain at all regarding needle insertion.
Are the needles clean?
Sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles are used. Needles are NEVER saved for reuse. This eliminates any possibility for transmission of disease by contamination. Modern hygiene practices are maintained at the Integrated PainCare Center as in any other health care profession.
Are there any side effects from the acupuncture treatment?
Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Ocassionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel, or urination pattern. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work.
It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following treatment. These sensations pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
How many treatments will I need?
Every patient has his or her own unique case and the staff at the Integrated PainCare Center dedicate their utmost care and focus to pertain to each patient's needs. Treatment length will depend on the severity, nature, and duration of the patient's complaints. An acute condition may require only a few treatments, while some degenerative or chronic conditions may require many treatments over time.
Are there any "Do's or Don'ts" for me on the day of treatment?
Yes, to enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:
Is Acupuncture covered by Health Insurance?
Some insurance companies currently cover acupuncture costs, other companies do not yet recognize the value of acupuncture. Each health policy must be reviewed to determine acupuncture benefits.
For more information regarding acupuncture treatment, or to schedule an appointment, call 973-822-3338.
252 Columbia Tpke
Florham Park, NJ 07932
1999 Route 27
Edison, NJ 08817
27 Mountain Blvd, Suite 7
Warren, NJ 07059
Our practice is open for appointments and consultations during the following hours:
Monday 11 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday 11 AM - 6 PM
Friday 11 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday 11 AM - 6 PM
Thursday 11 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
Monday 12 PM - 6 PM