Acupuncture is a great choice for Seniors
Acupuncture is a gentle, safe and effective health care modality for seniors who want to stay healthy and active for as long as they can. The World Health Organization boasts acupuncture’s success in treating ailments that seniors commonly experience, including:
Chronic and acute pain
Feelings of anxiety and/or depression
Side-effects of medications
Natural Pain Relief without Medication
Acupuncture is a great choice for seniors because it involves no medications. The common side-effects seen in opioid use, such as dizziness, confusion and drowsiness - which can lead to falls - are not an issue in acupuncture. Acupuncture is safe, non-toxic, and has virtually no side-effects when practiced by a trained, licensed practitioner.
Acupuncture provides natural pain relief by stimulating endorphin, serotonin and dopamine to be released in the brain (these are the feel-good, relaxation chemicals in your brain), which reduces pain and promotes feelings of relaxation and well-being. Acupuncture also reduces inflammation in the body, which further reduces pain and stiffness as well as supports the immune system.
Acupuncture can be safely used in conjunction with pain and other medications. Depending on the patient, and the nature and history of their pain, patients receiving acupuncture may find they can reduce their pain medications.
Greater Physical and Mental Well-being
Acupuncture has wonderful side benefits. With regular treatments, patients often experience increased energy levels, a greater sense of calm, more resilience to stress and improved mobility. These side benefits, along with acupuncture’s proven record for pain-relief can help seniors stay active longer, which also leads to greater physical and mental well-being.
Acupuncture developed empirically over thousands of years in China and is still widely used in hospitals there. It was introduced to the US in 1971, and has greatly grown in popularity for it’s powerful yet gentle ability to relieve pain and other ailments with relatively no side effects. As of 2015 there were approximately 34,481 acupuncturists in the US.
Acupuncture is very safe when performed by trained and licensed practitioners. Needles are single-use only and disposable. Needles are hair-thin, solid stainless steel; they contain no medications nor substances of any kind. Acupuncture needles are an FDA Class II medical device.
Acupuncture needles are inserted at special points on the body - usually on the limbs, but sometimes on the ears, back or abdomen. Stimulation of these points help restore balance and health to the body. Acupuncture is virtually painless. Patients may feel a sense of tingling, light pressure or warmth where needles are inserted, but generally won’t feel pain. Most patients feel very relaxed during and after an acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture also travels well! It can be performed while a patient is on a treatment table, on a bed or on a chair. That allows a patient to be treated in their own home, if necessary. Patients can wear loose, comfortable clothing for treatment and do not need to undress or wear a medical gown.