Acupuncture Specialist

Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center

Family Medicine & Alternative Medicine Physicians located in Bellaire, TX

Acupuncture helps relieve pain and other symptoms and conditions with the targeted application of therapy. At Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center in Bellaire, Texas, the team provides patients with treatments that rely on the most advanced techniques and integrative therapies, including state-of-the-art acupuncture techniques aimed at achieving maximum relief for pain and other symptoms. Call the office or request an appointment online today to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an alternative treatment that has been used for millennia to treat pain, stiffness, and other symptoms, as well as manage acute and chronic illness and disease. Acupuncture involves the skillful and accurate insertion of thin needles into the tissues beneath your skin to stimulate the natural healing responses of your body. Acupuncture is a mainstay of Eastern and integrative medicine, but has recently grown much more popular and widespread in Western practices.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is believed to stimulate acupuncture points to affect the flow of energy or qi (pronounced chee) in the body, ensuring a balance between the yin and yang.

Modern researchers believe the placement of needles in specific spots on the body helps relieve pain and other issues by interrupting normal nerve signaling pathways, releasing brain chemicals that help to reduce pain, and promote healing responses at and near the site of needle insertion.

Does acupuncture treatment hurt?

Acupuncture is not known to be painful, although you may experience minimal discomfort. This discomfort is usually restricted to the moment when the needles are inserted into your skin, and it tends to go away once the needles are secured in place. Many patients actually report no discomfort during treatment.

The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin and the treatment uses very shallow insertion points not far below the skin surface.

What kinds of issues can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions. The placement of the needles is customized for each person in order to receive the proper treatment to your condition. Some of the most common issues that can be addressed with acupuncture include:

  • Chronic and acute back and neck pain
  • Fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain syndromes
  • Joint pain, including hip and shoulder pain
  • Nerve-related conditions
  • Chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting
  • Dental pain
  • Headaches and more severe conditions like migraines
  • Labor pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Respiratory disorders like allergic rhinitis

Because it works to stimulate a natural healing response, acupuncture may also be used to treat issues that are not directly related to the musculoskeletal system.

To learn more about how acupuncture can alleviate your pain and enhance your health, call Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.