Current research has shown that there are many mechanism of action involved with the therapeutics of acupuncture. The needles vary in size and texture and can be used for different purposes based on the location of insertion and technique used after insertion. One of the key things happening when we use acupuncture to reduce pain is the release of endogenous endorphins (self generated pain killers) which helps reduce the body’s perception of pain. I am also using acupuncture to affect how the nervous system interacts with the muscles and tendons, adjusting structural issues as well.
There are many reasons to get acupuncture. When talking about peri surgical acupuncture, presurgical acupuncture can calm the nervous system which has been proven to improve results of post surgical recovery. Post-surgically, we can promote blood flow and aid tissue repair.
Clinically, I have seen patients with certain injuries repair in a fraction of the time as opposed to when acupuncture is not utilized. The research is unclear how much more quickly acupuncture will allow you to recover and likely varies from case to case, however it is clear that acupuncture can greatly improve quality of recovery and drastically reduce pain and the need for opioid analgesics.
Dr. Callison takes some Blue Shield PPO and United HealthCare PPO plans as well as Personal Injury.
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