Acupuncture has been a vital part of Chinese medicine dating back thousands of years. It is performed by inserting hair-thin needles just through the skin along meridians and restore the correct flow of energy through the body. Scientists have found that many of the acupuncture points correspond with deep nerve locations. Therefore, if the needles are activated (electrically stimulated), the nerves, in turn, activate. The stimulated nerves then cause the brain to release endorphins blocking pain signals. This release of endorphins can treat pain that results in a variety of different ailments. In modern times, acupuncture treats anything from migraines to complications resulting from chemotherapy.
Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Did you know that acupuncture is incredibly useful in relieving some of the ailments that come along with pregnancy? Just like many other conditions, acupuncture can treat the ones that come with being pregnant. There are dozens of different issues that affect women when they are pregnant. However, It is important to remember that pregnancy is not an illness, and ongoing treatment is rarely required. Acupuncture, however, is a relaxing, side-effect free way of treating the ailments that come along with being pregnant.
Common Pregnancy Ailments and How Acupuncture Can Help
The particular ailments that people go through while pregnant vary from person to person, but here is a list of the most common ones, and how acupuncture helps relieve them!
Morning Sickness – Most pregnant women deal with nausea and vomiting bouts known as morning sickness during their first trimester of pregnancy. However, there is good news! Studies have shown that acupuncture focused on the wrist is effective in treating morning sickness!
Depression – Approximately 25% of women suffer from depression at some point during their pregnancy. However, a 2010 study showed the effectiveness of a depression-focused form of acupuncture. According to the study, 63% of women who underwent acupuncture for depression responded to the treatment.
Sleep Problems – Getting a goodnight’s rest while pregnant is nearly impossible. Luckily, acupuncture can help you there too! Numerous studies have shown that acupuncture can help alleviate some sleeping issues.
Headaches – Another widespread condition that ails many pregnant women are headaches. Luckily, tension, chronic, and migraine headaches are treatable with acupuncture. Lots of times, the headaches that come along with pregnancy are not extremely responsive to medicine, which is why acupuncture is so effective.
Lower Back & Pelvic Pain – As your child grows, lower back and pelvic pain frequently follow! Growth pain is the exact sort of pain that acupuncture excels at alleviating. In a recent study out of the 72 participants with back pain resulting from their pregnancy, 60% of them saw a significant pain decrease.
Check Out Our Acupuncture Treatment Options
Pregnancy does not have to be so difficult. Acupuncture is effective, safe, and it might be what you need to find some relief. All of our Frisco chiropractors are trained acupuncture therapists, and are ready to help you feel better! For more information, or to schedule an Acupuncture treatment at Tieperman Health and Wellness Center in Frisco, TX, call 214-705-1799 today! Our peaceful and relaxing environment will allow you to unwind and escape from your pain.