Acupuncture at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare in Hoboken, NJ

Acupuncture is available at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare. With Acupuncture, we help find the source of pain and help relieve it. Interested in getting acupuncture done, call us or simply request an appointment here.

Acupuncture at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare in Hoboken, NJ
Acupuncture at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare in Hoboken, NJ

Acupuncture for lower back pain

It’s been a long day…Are you experiencing lower back pain?

You are not alone. Did you know that 8 out of 10 people will struggle with back pain at some point in their life.

Acupuncture plays a vital role in a wide variety of our multidisciplinary treatment programs to maximize results for our patients.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has been around as a source of pain management for thousands of years. By focusing on certain “pathways,” your acupuncturist at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare can help your brain send neurotransmitters throughout your body that shut off your nerves’ reaction to the pain you are experiencing.

In acupuncture, particular “pathways” or areas of focus work to fight pain in different areas of your body.

After getting a full assessment of your pain, your acupuncturist may place their ultra-fine needles in very specific locations in some of these areas to target pain in your lower back:

  • Back of the knees
  • Feet
  • Lower back
  • Hand
  • Hip
  • Stomach

Most people don’t experience pain when the needles are being inserted. In fact, sometimes they don’t even feel them at all! These needles are typically left in place for 15-45 minutes. In fact, many people report feeling a sense of calm, or maybe a light buzzing near where the needles are placed. Oftentimes, people are so relaxed, they fall asleep on the table!

How does this ancient practice relieve pain so well? The theory behind acupuncture is that there is a life force, or qi, flowing through all of us, and there are thousands of points throughout our bodies that connect to form pathways, or meridians for your qi to flow. By inserting acupuncture needles in specific combinations of these points, your body can correct or maintain a healthy flow of your qi in ways that target –and even relieve– lower back pain.

So how does Western medicine explain this phenomenon? One theory is that painlessly inserting these fine needles into your body sends a signal to your brain to release beta-endorphins, which are like your body’s own natural painkillers.

This raises your threshold for pain, so you are no longer feeling discomfort. Still another theory is that the needles stimulate nerves in a way that reduces inflammation, relieving your lower back pain in the process.

Is Acupuncture a better alternative to using Opioids?

If you are experiencing pain in your lower back, you know you notice it constantly, when you breathe, twist, lift, or even laugh or cough, which is why some resort to painkillers to combat feelings of pain or discomfort.

Why choose acupuncture over prescription painkillers for lower back pain? Besides avoiding addictive opioids and unpleasant side effects, acupuncture works –without external chemicals– to relieve and resolve pain.

Opioids may mask the cause of your lower back pain for a while, but they don’t work to alleviate the problem the same way that acupuncture works to correct the problem of your back pain altogether.

If you have any questions about acupuncture, or any of the services we provide at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare, please feel free to call us.

Where Can I Go for a Acupuncture Treatment?

Any kind of chronic pain from sciatica, arthritis, a pinched nerve, or many other disorders can be upsetting. Treating nerve pain with traditional medicine is difficult as often nerve pain does not respond to prescription pain relief including narcotics. Acupuncture treatment should be tailored to suit each individual’s needs and body type.

We also provide our patients with a dedicated space for acupuncture. Our 90 Hudson Street location in Hoboken now features an Acupuncture Suite on the second floor. This serene, tranquil environment provides additional space that’s entirely dedicated to holistic healing. We offer a broad range of treatments including traditional acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, dry needling, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, and cupping.

Acupuncture works well to complement the overall pain relief treatment programs we provide to our patients at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare. Our team is here to help.

Where are the benefits of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 2400 years. Not only does it stand on its own as a proven treatment for a number of medical conditions, but it also plays a vital role in a wide variety of other treatment plans to maximize results and provide more efficient health care services. For more information on what Hoboken Integrated Healthcare has to offer in terms of acupuncture, please continue reading this brief article and see if you would like to join the millions of others who benefit greatly from this health care option.

Whenever you experience pain in the body there are sensory nerves firing and you may or may not have a structural problem which is causing the sensory dysfunction, in the majority of cases chronic pain has no structural cause. Doctors who are not experts in the field of neurology assume that if there is pain then there must be a structural cause for it. A structural cause would be soft tissue, disc, bone or object pressing on a sensory nerve which triggers it to constantly fire. This is not an accurate assumption to make.

In the majority of cases of chronic pain there will not be any structural reason for the pain. Even if your back looks like a corkscrew any neural impingement your doctor tells you about is suggested by a radiology report. Nerves cannot be seen on an MRI or an X-ray and therefore the medical profession is making an assumption that the pain has a structural cause due to their idealized knowledge of anatomy. In a lot of circumstances the sensory nerves are inflamed and firing on their own as opposed to anything pressing on them.

Pain that registers in the brain has had to have two kinds of neural signals reaching the brain simultaneously. The first signal would be from the sensory nerve or nerves themselves and the second is from the proprioceptive nerve which is firing right alongside the sensory nerves. The brain knows where the origin of the pain is from the proprioceptive nerves and if everything is working normally the brain discharges a flood of enkephalins. The enkephalins are natural pain killers in the body and they plug up the pain receptor sites all along the spine, on the capillary beds where you feel pain and the receptor sites in the brain. These chemicals allow the body to get back to normalized function as they stop the chronic pain.

In patients that suffer chronic pain and discomfort this process is no longer functioning properly and there are a number of reasons why the body’s natural pain relief system is not working. The main cause seems to be a severe signal strength problem in the proprioceptive neural tissue. If the signal strength (neural threshold level) is too low the brain does not know where to release enkephalins so the pain continues. The use of Acupuncture elevates the signal strength on the proprioceptive pathway and the effect is a dramatic relief from the pain. It is for this reason we can help with a wide range of pain issues (see the list above).

This treatment carries with it its own issues if the patient’s pain has been caused by a structural problem, as with this kind of pain there is actually something pressing onto a group of nerves or the sensory nerve. Increasing the strength on the proprioceptive pathway in isolation cannot alleviate this kind of problem and usually a more invasive treatment such as surgery is required.

Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture can provide pain relief for a wide variety of symptoms, including: arthritis, back pain, bursitis, tendonitis, head pain, hemorrhoids, neck pain, neuropathy, sciatica, stroke, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, and much more. This article goes into detail on some of these symptoms, but if you would like to know how acupuncture can help you, contact our team at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare today.

Back Pain and/or Sciatica

Back pain can be extremely debilitating and exceptionally painful regardless if the cause is arthritis, chronic sciatica or a bulging disc. Sciatica is caused by an inflamed sciatic nerve which starts around the base of the spine, continues down the back of the leg and stops at the foot. Sciatic pain can be notoriously hard to treat as nerve pain doesn’t respond well to any painkillers. Sciatic pain can be a very acute and stabbing pain which can make patients cry out if sudden movement is made.

Acupuncture is effective as it stimulates the nervous system and permits the body to rebalance. Acupuncture has been studied scientifically and the studies show overwhelmingly that the procedure is successful for alleviating particular kinds of pain.

Other methods can be employed to minimize back pain without the use of medication. Physical therapy and a progressive exercise routine that uses balance and stretching techniques is one method. Exercise or physical therapy as stand-alone treatment may not completely eradicate back pain so alternative therapies can be useful. Overall function of the lower back can be improved by exercises that strengthen the stomach muscles as they will also improve back strength.

Shoulder Pain

The complexity of the shoulder joint makes pain in that joint problematic to treat. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket which is attached via ligaments and protected by cartilage. Any wearing down of the cartilage or ligament damage will obviously cause pain when the joint is used. Surgery is the only way to significantly reduce pain caused by worn cartilage Acupuncture can however help you manage the pain whilst waiting for surgery.

Arthritis

Arthritic pain is associated with joints, therefore the pain can be felt anywhere on the body and it can be extensive or limited to one joint such as the knee, shoulder or low back. Arthritis is an extremely widespread health problem but with early diagnosis and treatment the pain will not become debilitating. It is possible to live with arthritis for a prolonged period of time with zero pain if you are prepared to make some lifestyle changes which include alternative therapies.

Acupuncture treatments can provide relief from arthritis because they treat the whole person’s wellbeing rather than just the disorder. Those that have arthritis will often have it in more than one place and the use of analgesics to help the pain will only work for a limited time.

Prolonged pain even when it’s not severe can cause a reduction in movement and lead to the loss of enjoyment in life as the pain is a constant thing. Long-term sufferers of any kind of pain are susceptible to depression as they can no longer do activities they had previously loved. Often chronic pain leads people to feel they suffer alone which results in loneliness.

Contact Hoboken Integrated Healthcare in Hoboken, NJ today and we will be more than happy to help you understand pain relief and how acupuncture can help.