The Evolution of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been around for many years. The practice originated with Chinese needles made out of stone and animal bone. It has remained popular over the centuries because it’s effective. Even if you are a little anxious about the thought of acupuncture, you might appease those fears if you know the history of needles. Campanella Chiropractic & Wellness, an expert in Rochester NY at joint pain relief and other discomforts, can help you understand the benefits from the practice.

The needles used for acupuncture are extremely narrow, finer even than those used to administer shots. They were first made from primitive materials such as iron, silver, gold, or steel, but today are typically made from stainless steel.

The size of the needles depends on several factors, the first being the specific illness of the patient. The illness dictates which body part receives the insertion of the needle since each body part demands a certain sized needles. For example, delicate skin such as the face requires shorter needles, but tougher skin such as legs, abdomen and back need longer needles to penetrate all three layers. The second factor is insertion. The needle is just barely inserted into the skin if the illness is related to heat or itching. The needle is inserted much deeper if a patient suffers from chronic pain that targets bones and tendons. The patient’s body weight also affects the size of the needle. The higher the body weight of the patient, the thicker the skin, and therefore the thicker the needle.

Each individual will experience various results. In order to receive maximum benefits from your acupuncture experience, ask your specialist at Campanella Chiropractic & Wellness (joint pain relief Rochester NY) about your specific concerns. We can help customize a treatment plan that gets you the results you need.