Acupuncture is a well-established holistic and naturopathic approach to treating pain and diseases, with centuries of use in China. 34th Street Chiropractic & Wellness is a trusted provider of acupuncture treatments aimed at helping patients in in the Midtown Manhattan area of New York, New York. Dr. Matthew Shave is pleased to offer this service as one of many interventions to relieve symptoms and achieve optimal health and wellness without the use of drugs or other more invasive options.
Acupuncture uses a series of precisely placed needles to treat acute and chronic pain as well as other acute and chronic medical conditions. Used for many centuries in Eastern medicine, acupuncture is also widely used in chiropractic care and integrative approaches to medicine that draw from both Eastern and Western influences. Although medical researchers are unclear how acupuncture works to treat pain and illnesses, most agree the careful placement of the needles disrupts normal nerve signaling pathways to relieve symptoms and restore normal neural activity.
Most people report very little discomfort during treatment. Any discomfort that is felt is typically restricted to the insertion of the needles, with discomfort resolving once the needles are in place. The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, and placement of the needles is quite shallow, which also limits discomfort.
The number of needles, as well as their placement, varies from one person to the next depending on the issue that is being treated. The number and placement of needles can be discussed during the office visit before treatment begins.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide array of issues, including:
back, neck and shoulder pain
knee and hip pain
carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve entrapment issues
fibromyalgia and chronic regional pain syndrome
issues affecting the digestive, respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal and reproductive systems
stress and anxiety
allergies and asthma
immune-related diseases and disorders
Acupuncture treatment is patient-centered and holistic, and it can be customized to the specific needs of the patient for the best possible results.
Today, many medical insurance plans do provide coverage for acupuncture. A plan administrator can help determine if a specific plan provides coverage and if so, how much coverage it provides.