Acupuncture 101: 6 reasons to try it in 2016

Make the year 2016 your healthiest yet, take a look at these 6 reasons to add Acupuncture to your health regime.

  1. Acupuncture helps you get a good night’s sleep. Insomnia is a very common complaint. Luckily, acupuncture is often highly effective at helping treat those sleepless nights. Even if you’re already a good sleeper, acupuncture can improve upon it. Many patients report feeling better rested after a treatment.Amanda
  2. Acupuncture is a well-known pain reliever. This includes many types of pain: back pain, muscle pain, arthritis, sciatica, headaches, migraines, etc. Numerous studies describe how acupuncture increases your body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, endorphins, which are 200 times more potent than morphine. Acupuncture has also been shown to stimulate the body to produce a chemical compound called adenosine, a painkiller that your body manufactures when you are injured.
  3. Acupuncture improves mental health. Acupuncture is very effective for reducing stress and anxiety. It calms the nervous system and affects the way your mind, body and spirit manage the stress life can throw at us. Acupuncture has also been found to regulate serotonin which has repeatedly been shown to positively affect your mood. It also releases endorphins, our bodies own natural feel good chemicals.
  4. Acupuncture can improve energy. Often, immediately following a treatment, you may feel very relaxed. However, the usual long term effect is also improved energy and an enhanced sense of well-being.
  5. Acupuncture is great for athletes. You don’t have to be a Tour de France winner or an Olympic medalist (though many are already fans of the practice) to get acupuncture’s benefits. Whether you’re a professional athlete or an active person, acupuncture can help you feel great and perform at your best. Acupuncture offers a drug-free option with little to no side effects to help pain relief, promote faster recovery from injuries and tough workouts, improve circulation, decrease inflammation, aid muscle relaxation, and provide better sleep and improved energy.
  6. Acupuncture is extremely safeWhen practiced by a licensed provider with proper training (a Master’s degree in Oriental medicine is a 4-year program) acupuncture is an incredibly safe alternative healing modality. A licensed acupuncturist follows very specific guidelines, so you can be rest assured that you’re in the knowledgeable hands of someone whom you can trust.

Contributed by Amanda Parish, Licensed Acupuncturist of Poke Acupuncture Clinic LLC. Contact Amanda today with any questions on Acupuncture services at Pinnacle Health & Fitness (Fitchburg location).