The Mental Benefits of Acupuncture

At this point you’ve probably heard how acupuncture can support pain management for ailments like back and neck pain, osteoarthritis pain, and headaches. This ancient Chinese medical practice has made the jump to mainstream Western treatment, and odds are you or someone you know has experienced the benefits of acupuncture firsthand.

While acupuncture is well established as an alternative to opioids for managing physical pain, it’s potential positive impact on mental health isn’t so well known. A growing body of evidence shows that acupuncture is a viable treatment option for those suffering from anxiety, addiction, and depression, especially as a form of complementary care. When used in conjunction with other treatments, acupuncture has many mental health benefits. 

Are you interested in exploring the mental benefits of acupuncture for yourself? Come see the team at Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness in New York City. Led by Jeffrey Klein, DC, and Marc Bobrowsky, DC, our practice is dedicated to using a mix of traditional, natural, and technologically advanced treatment methods to yield the best results for our patients. Dr. Klein and Dr. Bobrowsky work with you to create a custom treatment plan to manage your mental health.

What is acupuncture?

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that’s been in use for over 2,500 years. Most medical professionals would consider modern acupuncture as a form of complementary medicine, meaning that it’s best used alongside conventional (Western) medicine as part of a treatment plan.

How does it work?

Acupuncture is more than just placing needles randomly in a patient’s body. In traditional medicine, the strategic placement of the needles has a physiological effect on the body and impacts emotions like fear, anger, and happiness. In modern practice, there’s general agreement among experts that the needles disrupt your body’s nerve signaling pathways to relieve symptoms and restore normal neural activity.

Acupuncture for mental health

When receiving acupuncture for physical pain, the treatment area typically corresponds with the painful part of the body; for instance, the needles used for spine pain would be inserted down the middle of the back. Mental pain is treated differently. During this kind of treatment, the acupuncturist aims to insert each needle about a half-millimeter away from a nerve. These perfectly placed needles can spur painkilling chemical production, push the body into a healing mode, or slow the production of the hormones that cause stress and anxiety.

Does it hurt?

Like many things, needles come in all shapes and sizes. The needles used in acupuncture are much smaller than the ones used for shots or drawing blood. Most patients feel only slight discomfort during placement, and this fades quickly. Additionally, the needles are placed in a shallow manner so they penetrate only a small amount of skin.

You may not feel a lot of monetary pain from treatment, either. Insurance plans often provide some sort of coverage for acupuncture.

 If you think acupuncture could help you improve your mental health, come see us at Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness. Call our Midtown Manhattan office today or request an appointment online.

 

 

 

 

 

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