Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. The treatment is increasingly recognized by Western practitioners for its ability to relieve pain and promote natural healing of conditions ranging from arthritis to rhinitis. Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, has extensive experience using acupuncture to improve the physical and mental health of patients with diverse conditions. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Torrance, California, or use online booking.
Acupuncture is a procedure that uses very thin needles to stimulate your body’s natural healing powers. During a session, the needles are inserted into specific areas of your body called acupuncture points. The needles are precisely placed to affect Qi, which is your natural biological energy.
Qi flows through all parts of your body, following defined pathways called meridians. Health problems such as disease, poor nutrition, injuries, and stress block the flow of energy through meridians. Acupuncture needles release the blockage and allow Qi to flow normally, freeing your body to heal.
Researchers have discovered that acupuncture also stimulates nerve activity. As a result, there’s a boost in neurotransmitters and your brain releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers.
Acupuncture is a primary treatment that’s used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine. But if you wonder about its acceptance in Western medicine, then you only need to know that the National Institutes of Health support acupuncture as an effective treatment for many problems including:
Acupuncture is highly effective for treating many pain syndromes, often providing relief when other medical treatments have failed. Studies show that acupuncture helps diminish pain caused by chronic headaches, osteoarthritis, and musculoskeletal problems, including low back, neck, and knee pain.
Dr. Jones specializes in scalp acupuncture, a technique that uses small needles inserted into a thin layer of tissue just below the skin’s surface. Instead of using meridians, the needles are inserted into areas associated with the brain’s neurophysiology. Multiple needles are often used to cover an entire area.
Scalp acupuncture is used to treat motor dysfunction and difficulty speaking following a stroke, as well as pain, loss of balance, and dizziness.
The needles used for acupuncture are hair-thin, flexible, and tapered. This allows them to easily glide through your skin, seldom causing any discomfort as they’re inserted. Throughout your session, Dr. Jones may enhance the effect of the needles by twirling them or by sending a mild electrical current through the needle.
If you have questions about acupuncture or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, or use the online booking feature.