Acupuncture is a treatment technique based on traditional Eastern medicine practices that uses very fine needles to stimulate specific pressure points in areas of the body for relief of pain and other symptoms. Stimulating the pressure points is thought to interrupt the normal nerve pathways that send pain signals to the brain, resulting in decreased symptoms.
At Murphy SportsMedicine Center, we use acupuncture in several different ways, including:
reducing pain following an injury
improving recovery following an injury or surgical procedure
improving recovery following competition
enhancing athletic performance
Acupuncture can also be combined with massage to decrease stress and pain and promote a general sense of well-being.
In addition to traditional acupuncture, our therapist employs special techniques like cupping, which adds a component of suction to promote circulation and stimulate healing, and gua sha, which uses special tools to help unblock areas of tension.
Because it uses needles, most people think acupuncture will be very painful. However, needles used in acupuncture are much different from the hollow needles used to give you shots of medicine. Acupuncture needles are very fine needles made of stainless steel and they're only inserted to depths of 0.5 mm and 1.5 mm. During treatment, you'll probably feel a slight sensation when the needle is initially inserted but once the needle is in place, most people adjust and experience no discomfort during their treatment session.
The number of treatments as well as the number of needles will depend on your condition and your objectives. Your initial session will take about 90 minutes, with subsequent sessions each lasting about an hour. Every treatment plan is customized to the individual's unique needs.
Here is a short list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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