Chiropractor Physical Therapy Acupuncture | Montvale NJ, Closter NJ , Oradell NJ

Acupuncture at
The Spine & Health Center of New Jersey

Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on years of training acupuncturists receive based on over 3,000 years of experience in China. Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems.

Acupuncture is helpful for :

  • Treating existing illnesses and injuries
  • Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness
  • Improving overall health

Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is part of the holistic system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Since acupuncture is a whole system whole body approach, we can treat many issues at the same time, so you can feel free to inform us of any issue you might be facing.

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Acupuncture FAQ:

Acupuncture is frequently used to treat muscular-skeletal complaints such as neck pain, lower back pain, and headaches.  It is also used to treat issues such as IBS, acid reflux, skin conditions, and mental health concerns such as anxiety.

In general, insurance coverage for acupuncture care is for the following conditions: lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, knee pain & nausea from chemotherapy.  However, treatment for non-pain related conditions can often be integrated into your treatment, as many needles serve multiple purposes.  For example, a needle used for neck and shoulder pain can also serve as a treatment point for night-sweats. Consult with you doctor’s office to confirm your coverage.      

Acupuncture is often described as a slight “pinch” when the needle is inserted.  It is generally considered a tolerable sensation even by people afraid of needles.  

It is recommended to try at least 4 visits before deciding if acupuncture works for you.  You may feel results after the first visit, but sometimes it takes longer.  The results vary based on the person and condition being treated.  For example, someone who slept near an air conditioner and wakes up with a kink in the neck, but is otherwise healthy, will likely feel better very quickly.  A patient with a chronic condition such as Arthritis, will likely require more care.

Acupuncture is based on meridian pathways.  Meridians are channels of energy and blood in the body.  Some current research suggests that acupuncture points are located near nerve pathways, which is why a needle in the elbow may create a sensation all the way down to the hand, Although we are not directly needling nerves, the points can provoke a “traveling ” sensation.    

Although dry-needling is an aspect of acupuncture care, not all acupuncture points are dry-needled.  Dry needling refers to a technique used to release tight muscles and provokes a twitch response in the muscle so that it releases.

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Conditions Our Acupuncturists Can Help With: 

In recent years, this ancient Eastern practice has become an increasingly popular treatment for stress and anxiety. Through inserting needles on the body’s pressure points, acupuncture helps assist the nervous system in achieving balance, which can help to alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety symptoms. Acupuncture also helps to lower blood pressure, which further aids in alleviating feelings of stress and anxiety. Acupuncture for anxiety relief is both safe and trusted.

Many studies show that acupuncture offers relief from pain and muscle stiffness associated with different types of arthritis. There is evidence to support that acupuncture can help with symptoms associated with:

  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia

Research shows that acupuncture can help alleviate the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome by “remapping” the brain, providing lasting relief. The signals the brain receives after an acupuncture needle is stuck into the skin may in essence “remap” the brain so it modifies pain signals from the wrist. Additionally, the needle punctures at the pain point may cause the body to send extra blood to that spot,  which can help damaged nerves to heal.

Acupuncture is commonly used in treating insomnia in China, and clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has a beneficial effect on insomnia as well.