At Brielle Integrated Healthcare our licensed Acupuncturists can help you benefit from a traditional acupuncture approach, which is one of the oldest healing therapies in the world or cutting edge techniques which can help treat pain or injury and get you back to normal and enjoying life again.
You can enjoy the benefits of Acupuncture on it’s own or as part of an integrated healthcare program with Chiropractic, Massage or Physical Therapy.
Our Brielle acupuncture patients often report improvement to the following symptoms or conditions:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Sports Medicine
- Digestive Problems
- Respiratory Problems
- Stress Relief
Frequently Asked Questions
How does acupuncture REALLY work?
The traditional belief of how Acupuncture restores health (the eastern or oriental medicine belief) is that there are energy pathways called “meridians” that run the length of the body. If these pathways become blocked, the result can be poor health or pain and inflammation. Acupuncture helps to “unblock” these pathways, allowing the body to function as it was meant to and heal naturally.
Modern medicine believes that the puncture of the needle is treated as foreign matter, so the body calls upon the immune system and increases blood flow. This creates more while blood cells in the area and eventually reduces inflammation and pain. Often Acupuncture can be used in the form of “trigger point therapy” to release acute and chronic spasm in muscles. It has also been shown to increase the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers and “feel good” hormones.
How long will the needles stay in?
After the needles are gently inserted patients rest and relax for about 20 minutes to achieve full positive effects. Some listen to music or some relax in silence. If you prefer you can even read a book or magazine to pass the time.
Is there a difference between acupuncture and trigger point release?
Trigger point release is done on very tight muscles that are in spasm. The spasm can be chronic (long term) or acute (short term). Trigger point release is an aspect of acupuncture, but not every acupuncture patient needs or receives this type of care.
Why acupuncture? What about chiropractic, physical therapy & massage?
Each of these disciplines provides specialized ways of attacking a health problem. Often times the goal is the same (reduction of pain, inflammation, better movement, increased strength or stability) however how and why you get there is different. One of the main benefits of an integrated practice if that if one approach is not working, then you can try something else with out it taking much time or effort. Every human being and therefore every health situation is different. Therefore there is not ONE approach that works for everything. We often find that it is the combination of serval types of therapies, taking the best that each has to offer, that gets the best results for even the toughest of problems.
Will Acupuncture hurt? What if I do not like needles?
Acupuncture is never meant to be painful. Most patients report they don’t feel anything at all or feel a tremendous sense of relief and relaxation. That’s because the “pins” (we like that term better than needles) are one quarter the size of sewing needles and one one-hundredth the size of doctor’s syringes. If you are apprehensive about trying acupuncture we can schedule a complimentary consultation with the Acupuncturist so you can discuss your concerns and become more comfortable with the therapist and the office. Most patients that give it a try find there was never anything to worry about and ca then enjoy the benefits of acupuncture without any stress.
How many visits will I need?
This varies based on a lot of factors. For example the overall health of the patient, the length of time the condition has existed and if any other concurrent therapy is being added. It makes sense that older more chronic conditions may take more time to heal, but most people start seeing a difference from Acupuncture after about 4-5 sessions.