It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
Acupuncture is one of the pillars of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and has been used for millennia to treat ailments of all natures, from allergies and seasonal illness to musculoskeletal disorders and acute or chronic pain. Acupuncture is a rapidly growing field that is becoming more available to patients in western medical settings as a very effective pain management tool.
Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of ultra-fine, sterile, single-use needles into very specific points on the body. Points are selected based on a combination of meridian theory based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and myofascial trigger or motor points as defined by western medicine. Acupuncture should not be painful, though some patients report a mild discomfort upon initial insertion of each needle, but which dissipates within moments.
Acupuncture treatment sessions may also include heat therapy, mild electro-stimulation, cupping, and Tui’na massage therapy.