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Acupuncture in Lakeview

Acupunture NeedlesIf you have been experiencing physical pain or mental concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress or emotional disorders, acupuncture may stimulate your body’s healing. Dr. Backhaus uses a combination of musculoskeletal and traditional acupuncture depending on the condition or treatment goals desired. By utilizing both approaches, he works with the meridian points of the body as well as areas of pain. Auricular therapy and cosmetic acupuncture are also available.

Backed by 4,000 Years of Results

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have been used as treatments for over 4,000 years. Traditional acupuncture theory is based on the vital energy, Qi, and specific meridians throughout the body. Qi is said to flow through the meridians in the body, and the meridians correspond to specific organs or organ systems. Any blockage, excess or stagnation of this flow is said to cause disease processes. Acupuncture works by placing needles at specific points along these meridians to restore the proper flow of Qi and help the body to heal itself.

The modern view of acupuncture is referred to as musculoskeletal therapy, consisting of placing needles directly over areas of pain or dysfunction to help the body to promote healing locally. It helps in a variety of ways, including

  • Activating your body’s natural opioid system, which may help reduce pain or induce sleep
  • Increasing blood flow to the area which helps speed the healing process and decreases inflammation
  • Stimulating the conduction of electromagnetic signals, which may release immune system cells or pain-killing chemicals

Photo of a patient with acupuncture needs in their ear

Contraindications of Acupuncture

If you’re taking blood thinners, we suggest you speak with your medical doctor before embarking on acupuncture treatment. Those who take Tylenol® or NSAIDs should avoid taking the medication before a session if there are concerns about bruising.

People who are overly sensitive can still benefit from acupuncture by using a smaller size needle. Patients generally don’t feel any sensation during treatment, though there can be sensitivity in areas such as the hands, feet, face and ankles.

Contact us with any questions or to arrange a complimentary consultation with Dr. Backhaus. Same-day visits may be available.

Acupuncture Lakeview | (312) 208-1550