Recurring and chronic pain, diabetes and even seasonal allergies can profoundly affect your daily activities. Acupuncture, a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for some 2,500 years, has been used to help treat these and many other health-care issues. 

Acupuncture, according to David Sullivan, LAc, Osceola Medical Center’s acupuncturist, is a perfect complement to other traditional healing techniques, prescriptions and specialties. Its use in a multidiscipline approach has been shown in scientific studies to help achieve your ultimate goal, improving your health.

How does acupuncture work?

This ancient medicine is based on the belief that energy flows along pathways called meridians in your body, and that disruptions in these flows are believed to result in disease. In today’s language, acupuncture stimulates receptors in the body that can help activate its own healing capabilities.

Different techniques can be used to access these receptors, including pressure points and heat. Specialized needles, with accessory techniques, are acupuncture’s mainstay tools.

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is used for a variety of conditions, but is most commonly used for pain management, including that experienced with headaches and migraines, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, low back pain, and sports injuries. It also can be used to help address such things as addiction, allergies, asthma, diabetes, irritable bowel menopause, stress, stroke, and chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization as effective in treating many conditions.

What can I expect during my acupuncture visit?

As with traditional clinic visits, your acupuncturist will give you an exam to learn about your overall health. Then the exam will turn to discussing specific ailments and treatment options. Expect your first visit to last about an hour. Subsequent visits usually last about a half hour.

Our acupuncturist is available at our Osceola and Scandia locations.

For more information, contact us at 715-294-2111.


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