St. Louis Acupuncture Provides Neck Pain and Back Pain Relief
Chiropractor, Dr. Edward Hengel offers his patients in St. Louis acupuncture treatments that help them overcome stubborn back pain and neck pain, as well as everything from headaches and sciatica to plantar fasciitis and recovery from sports injuries. Although this Eastern healing practice has just recently started gaining popularity as an alternative pain relief treatment for traditional Western medicine, it has been a major pain relief treatment across Asia for well over 2,500 years. Although some of our patients are initially hesitant to try needling, we want to stress that under the skilled hand of a certified acupuncturist such as Dr. Hengel, our acupuncture patients feels little to no discomfort during the procedure. In fact, those needles can help a person feel better and move toward optimum health.
Acupuncture Relieves Headaches, Sports Injury Pain, and Sciatica in St. Louis
Acupuncture's success in relieving headaches, sciatica, back pain, neck pain, plantar fasciitis, and pain from a sports injury is well documented. Thousands of years of practice in Asia, along with the increasing body of scientific evidence make the compelling case that acupuncture truly assists with pain relief. Our St. Louis chiropractor, Dr. Hengel, has been able to help hundreds of patients overcome their suffering in this way.
To understand how it complements chiropractic care, we need to describe how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) functions. TCM explains that all illness and pain grow from disturbances in a person's Qi, which is the body's natural energy flow. The Qi needs to be in balance for all the body's systems to work together harmoniously. The Qi flows through "meridians," which are the energy's channels throughout the body. If, for any reason, these meridians are out-of-sync and the Qi does not flow properly, the body can be thrown out of balance, which manifests itself in pain and illness.
Western scientific studies suggest that these meridians are actually connected to the fascia, which is the body's connective tissue. The trained acupuncturist seeks to restore a balanced flow of Qi through these meridians by using very thin, sterile, FDA-approved needles at very specific points in the body. The concept is similar to how chiropractic spinal adjustments seek to restore the spine's proper balance so that the nervous system can flow and function at its optimum level. Correct balance is the key. This is why the two medical disciplines dovetail so well together in their ability to help patients overcome stubborn back pain, neck pain, headaches, and sciatica.
When a patient first comes in with a particular health complaint that might be alleviated by this therapy, Dr. Hengel does a thorough exam and asks the patient several questions, some of which may not seem to have anything to do with the ailment. However, this leads to a more precise diagnosis of the root problem so that he can tailor the needling to the patient's exact situation.
For more information about pain relief through acupuncture, please call us today!