Not all Needles Cause Pain: The Truth About Acupuncture Treatment

Written By Wright Chiropractic and Physical Therapy on September 25, 2018

Even though 10 million acupuncture treatments are administered every year in the US, there are still widespread misconceptions about the treatment.

Though acupuncture has been a common treatment in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, it still remains relatively new in Western society. 

This causes many people to believe myths about acupuncture simply because they are unfamiliar with its benefits.

However, with each year, more studies come to light proving the efficacy of acupuncture treatment for chronic pain and overall wellness.

5 Common Myths About Acupuncture

1. Acupuncture is Painful

It’s tough to convince anyone that needles won’t cause pain. However, when it comes to acupuncture, pain is just a myth.

Acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles into specific points of the body to facilitate the movement of energy and promote healing. 

When we say tiny, we mean tiny. 

Most acupuncture needles are no bigger than two strands of human hair.

During acupuncture treatment, it is common to feel an initial prick. However, this discomfort doesn’t last and is often altogether undetectable.

2. Acupuncture Doesn’t Work

Many people try to argue that acupuncture is not a valid treatment, or that it is only psychological.

However, there are numerous studies to dispute the myth that acupuncture treatment does not work. Acupuncture causes your body to produce endorphins, which work as natural anti-inflammatory pain relievers.

3. Acupuncture Can Only Relieve Physical Pain

Though acupuncture treatment is commonly used to relieve chronic pain, this is not the only purpose. In addition to healing joint pain, acupuncture is also used to treat depression, allergies, infertility and hypertension.

4. Acupuncture Combats Mainstream Medicine

On the contrary, acupuncture has no adverse side effects when used in conjunction with other medication. Patients often use acupuncture as an additional source of pain relief.

5. Acupuncture Results are Immediate

Just like all other treatment options, the results of acupuncture vary with each individual. Though some people respond quickly to treatment, others need a full course of acupuncture to feel the effects. 

With acupuncture, the results are cumulative, so relief will build each time.

How to Get Started with Acupuncture Treatment

Whether you’re suffering from headaches, back pain, or other discomfort, Wright Chiropractic and Physical Therapy can help.

We offer quick and effective acupuncture treatment to help you live a life free from chronic pain. 

Dr. Douglas B. Wright can help you discover the healing nature of chiropractic care that he witnessed first hand as a child suffering from asthma.

Don’t let your misconceptions about acupuncture keep you from seeking treatment. Schedule an appointment to learn more today.


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