Dr. Richard Rice DC, in addition to being a Doctor of Chiropractic is also a certified in Acupuncture, he uses both needle and electric acupuncture methods
Acupuncture In Our Office
Patients at Chiropractic Center of Irving can receive chiropractic care, acupuncture treatment, or a combination of the two. Most patients are seeking help for pain or dysfunction of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous system. The common conditions we treat are listed below. Among these are . Others come for a variety of reasons including wellness care, energetic balance, stress reduction, pregnancy-related conditions including morning sickness, post surgical care, and relief of nausea from chemotherapy.
We utilize a variety of methods to treat Acupuncture points including needles, laser, electrical stimulation, magnetic stimulation and acupressure. The treatments are not painful, and in fact, most people find them very relaxing. (Stress, depression and anxiety are among the common conditions treated with Acupuncture.)
Our Acupuncture treatments normally last about 20 minutes.
We use only sterile, disposable Acupuncture needles. If a person is averse to needles, the other methods of stimulation are equally effective.
Conditions treated with Acupuncture:
- Acute pain
- Chronic pain
- Sports Injuries
- Low back pain and related leg problems
- Neck pain and related arm problems
- Whiplash injuries
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headaches
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles (that are as fine as a human hair) into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.
The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain and arthritis and also for P.M.S. and infertility.
The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture.
Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.
What is involved in acupuncture treatment?
The primary treatment method is the insertion of thin sterilized needles at specific points on the body. Knowledge of these acupuncture points and the meridian pathways that join them enables the acupuncture practitioner to formulate treatments to address the patient’s symptoms as well as underlying imbalances. Typically, at least several needles are employed during a treatment session. Some of these may be at local points of pain, while others (frequently on the lower leg and lower arm) are utilized to create a circuit. In certain circumstances (particularly for treating deep nerve pain), low-intensity electrical stimulation may be applied to the needles.