Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. In order to bring all aspects of the body into balance, acupuncture practitioners use needles to stimulate the nervous system and subsequently alter blood pressure, body temperature and chemicals flowing through the body.

By prompting the brain to release certain hormones, such as neurotransmitters and chemicals in the muscles and spinal cord, acupuncture can enable the body to heal itself. Despite the punch they pack, stainless steel acupuncture needles are no thicker than a strand of hair. Acupuncture points cover the entire body, and each point corresponds to a specific body area to heal different illnesses.

There are many therapies that attempt to stop pain. Most of them mask the pain while hoping the body is able to heal itself or push the body to heal faster while offering limited pain relief. Acupuncture is an extremely powerful and effective approach to treat pain because it decreases pain levels as it stimulates the bodyís healing response. Acupuncture resolves pain by affecting several pain pathways and healing responses at the same time raising endorphin levels and diminishing the nervous systemís pain response, decreasing inflammation and swelling, relaxing muscles and preventing spasms and increasing circulation to the area local to the pain.

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