Acupuncture In Petersburg VA

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has published the following article regarding acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners insert fine needles into the skin to treat health problems. The needles may be manipulated manually or stimulated with small electrical currents (electroacupuncture).

How widely is acupuncture used?

According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is used in 103 of 129 countries that reported data.

In the United States, data from the National Health Interview Survey showed a 50 percent increase in the number of acupuncture users between 2002 and 2012. In 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 6.4 percent of U.S. adults reported they had used acupuncture, and 1.7 percent reported they had used it in the past 12 months.

What is acupuncture used for?

National survey data indicate that in the United States, acupuncture is most commonly used for pain, such as back, joint, or neck pain.

What does research show about the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain?


Research has shown that acupuncture may be helpful for several pain conditions, including back or neck pain, knee pain associated with osteoarthritis, and postoperative pain. It may also help relieve joint pain associated with the use of aromatase inhibitors, which are drugs used in people with breast cancer. 

An analysis of data from 20 studies (6,376 participants) of people with painful conditions (back pain, osteoarthritis, neck pain, or headaches) showed that the beneficial effects of acupuncture continued for a year after the end of treatment for all conditions except neck pain.

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Your First Visit

On your first visit to Olde Towne Wellness in Petersburg, we will start with a thorough history and examination. After we analyze the results, we will identify the problematic areas and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Once sterile needles are positioned, patients typically rest for 30-45 minutes as the treatment takes its course.

Depending on the individual case, massage, moist heat, or cold packs may be combined with the therapy. The total visit typically lasts around an hour.

Many patients report feeling immediate relief, while others describe noticing changes up to two days following the therapy.

Side effects are usually minimal; however, some patients have reported minor bouts of nausea, bruising, muscle pain, and difficulty sleeping following their initial treatment. If this occurs don’t be alarmed and notify your treating healthcare professional prior to your next visit.

If you would like to learn more about acupuncture or see if you could benefit from its incorporation into your current care, please contact our team at Olde Towne Wellness today for help.