A widely used technique for addressing pinched nerve symptoms, acupuncture is a traditional practice in Eastern medicine that is often used as a complement to more modern treatments for the condition. Before you can decide if acupuncture is a potential treatment for your needs, however, it’s important to understand how it works.
Acupuncture is an extremely old practice that dates back, at the latest, to China in the second century B.C. The practice is based on the belief that the body has an ever-flowing energy, known as qi, that runs through it, and acupuncture is meant to interact with this energy by inserting needles at points that are determined to be pathways for this energy. Proponents of the practice believe that each of these points relates to a certain part of the body. For example, one point may relate to the heart or lungs, so the acupuncturist would insert a needle into that point to work on an issue concerning those organs.
Other conservative treatment techniques
Acupuncture is not usually used as a complete treatment method for conditions, but rather as a complement to Western medicine and scientific methods, and it may be combined with:
- Epidural steroid injections
- Physical therapy
- Cold and hot compresses
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