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SouthPark Acupuncture
4525 Cameron Valley Parkway
Suite 2500
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-512-6293
Fax: 704-512-6296

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Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Acupuncture is an ancient form of treatment used to treat various conditions and symptoms and is widely used throughout the world. Acupuncture itself is the insertion of very fine needles into certain points on the body's surface. Since the needles are as thin as a strand of hair, they cause little to no pain.

According to the traditional Chinese explanation of acupuncture, we have channels of energy that run in regular patterns through our bodies and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing throughout and nourishing the body. An obstruction in the movement of these acupuncture energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points can influence meridians. Acupuncture needles remove obstruction and re-establish regular energy flow throughout the body.

There are many causes of pain and discomfort in the human body that interrupts our lives and daily routines. If you are suffering from chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia, sciatica, arthritis, migraines, carpal tunnel, and other similar conditions; acupuncture may be beneficial to you.

The human body contains more than 2,000 acupuncture points and by inserting very thin acupuncture needles into these points, relief from pain/discomfort can be achieved. Acupuncture is a safe and non-toxic alternative to prescription medications and, in some cases, can deter surgery. Acupuncture for pain relief works by safely stimulating the central nervous system and brain to release endorphins that suppress/weaken pain and also restore energy flow throughout your body. According to the National Institutes of Health Panel and the World Health Organization, acupuncture is proven to treat/reduce pain associated with headaches, elbow pain, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, myofascial pain, carpal tunnel pain and various other pain-related disorders.

Traditional Chinese medicine treatments for chronic pain may include acupuncture, TuiNa (acupressure), and the prescribing of Chinese herbals. The treatments are usually once or twice a week for a total of six to 10 treatments. If your condition is more severe, the treatment time frame may be longer. After each treatment, patients report a greater reduction in anxiety and a decreased level of pain/discomfort associated with their condition. The treatments are pain-free and the needles have little to no sensation when being inserted.

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