Acupuncture restores your vital life energy, supports your body’s natural ability to heal, and relieves pain so effectively it’s recommended by Western medicine practitioners as the first line of treatment for low back pain. Rebecca Baker, LAc, at Acupuncture Associates of Castle Rock has extensive training and experience in acupuncture, using it to heal a wide range of health problems. They promise you will leave feeling better than when you first came in. To learn more about acupuncture or to schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call the office in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Acupuncture Q & A
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment that relieves pain and heals many health problems by restoring balance to your life energy, Qi. Qi continuously flows through your body, following specific pathways called meridians that connect organ systems.
Problems such as stress, disease, injury, or poor nutrition can block the energy pathways. Acupuncture needles release the blockage when they’re placed in precise acupressure points along the affected meridian. By restoring the normal flow of Qi, acupuncture frees your body’s natural ability to heal.
In addition to their effect on Qi, the needles stimulate the release of endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain relievers. They also trigger a response in nerves, leading to the release of neurotransmitters and improving connectivity in areas of the brain that regulate pain.
What health conditions may be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, where it’s one of their primary treatments. The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization also support acupuncture as a treatment for many health conditions, including:
- Myofascial pain
- Allergic rhinitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Acupuncture also effectively alleviates pain, often providing relief when medical treatments fail. Studies show that acupuncture may help treat pain caused by chronic headaches, osteoarthritis, and many types of musculoskeletal pain, including lower back and knee pain.
At Acupuncture Associates of Castle Rock, Rebecca uses the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms, then targets the appropriate acupuncture points to heal the problem.
While Rebecca treats the full range of health problems, she specializes in using acupuncture to heal:
- Chronic pain
- Stress and anxiety
- Menstrual cramps
- High blood pressure
- Headaches and migraines
- Common cold and the flu
- Gastrointestinal problems like gas, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome
Acupuncture can also help patients with neuropathy symptoms such as numbness and tingling.
What should I expect during treatment with acupuncture?
The needles used in acupuncture are super thin and tapered, so they easily glide through your skin. After the needle reaches the appropriate depth, Rebecca may enhance their effect by twirling or sending a low-intensity electrical current through the needles. Rebecca is gentle during your treatment, so you barely feel any pain and most never feel the needles at all.
The needles typically stay in place for 10-20 minutes while you relax. You may feel sensations like warmth or tingling, but you shouldn’t experience any discomfort.
To schedule an appointment, call Acupuncture Associates of Castle Rock or use the online booking feature.