Acupuncture Benefits Beyond Pain Relief

Acupuncture has been prevalent in the news recently as an effective treatment for opioid addiction. This Forbes article explains how acupuncture not only relieves stress but it is reported to increase the levels of various chemicals in the central nervous system such as enkephalin, epinephrine, endorphin, serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine.

But did you know that acupuncture has far more benefits than pain relief and that associated with addiction?

Photo: Aubrie LeGault

Photo: Aubrie LeGault

Sure, you all come see Melissa for your acute and chronic aches and pains but did you know that her treatments can also help alleviate insomnia, depression and anxiety, stimulate hormones to increase fertility, relieve menopause, reduce morning sickness and help with labor induction, and boost your immunity during flu season??

More reasons to give it a try can be found in this article by Mind, Body, Green and on our acupuncture FAQs page.


What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a type of integrative health care profession focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders mainly of the spine and extremities.  However, chiropractic care does focus on the body as a whole.  It is a non-invasive approach to healing, typically without the use of pharmaceuticals.


A chiropractic adjustment, also called a manipulation, is one of the most common procedures completed by a doctor of chiropractic.  The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is to manually apply a gentle force into joints that have become restricted in their movement, restoring joint mobility due to tissue injury.  This may be caused by a single traumatic event, such as lifting a heavy object.  It may also be cause by sustained postures such as sitting or standing for long periods of time or by repetitive stresses such as computer work or repetitive lifting.  Joints and surrounding tissues can undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and decreased function for people.  Manipulation or a chiropractic adjustment of the affected joints and tissues restores mobility, decreases pain and inflammation, which allows tissues to heal.

What To Expect From Your First Appointment

All of our practitioners are thorough.  They ask questions about your prior, family, and current health history.  The practitioner will then spend time going over your paperwork with you to make sure they have a clear understanding of your health care concerns.  They will proceed with an exam and/or assessment of the areas of concern.  With your permission, they will complete the appropriate treatment, which may include therapeutic exercises and/or nutritional advice.

Call us to schedule your chiropractic appointment.