Acupuncture| Bedford, PA
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture uses hair-fine sterile needles to stimulate specific points on the body. These acupuncture points are bundles of nerves and capillaries, and when stimulated acts like a superhighway, to transmit a signal to the brain via the nervous system. This then causes the brain to release endorphins which are the body’s natural painkillers. This also regulates the function of the nerves, to interrupt pain transmission or increase nerve conduction in cases of neuropathy and numbness.
Acupuncture also helps to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow to the areas stimulated. This helps to allow healing substances and immune cells into tissues with inadequate blood flow, to promote healing and remove inflammatory substances.
Essentially, acupuncture helps to promote natural healing and homeostasis, which is the body’s way of adapting and balancing the nervous, circulatory, endocrine, and immune systems.
There are over 365 acupuncture points on the body which connect through the meridians or channels. This channel system covers the surface of the body like a map and helps to connect different areas of the body. This is why a point on the back of the knee can help with low back pain, or a spot on the ankle or wrist may help with neck pain. Which points are used depends on each patient’s specific needs and symptoms. Most treatments average about 12-20 needles.