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Posted on 01-29-2018
Acupuncture is an ancient healing method traditionally used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years. These days, despite numerous and often wonderful advances in modern medicine, Here at Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture, our Naperville chiropractor, Dr. Tim Erickson, has combined the best of both worlds (modern and traditional medicine) in order to provide drug-free healing and pain relief to a variety of patients, including expecting mothers and women dealing with infertility.
By using electro-acupuncture, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
Traditional acupuncture uses the insertion of thin sterile needles into the skin along specific trigger points or target treatment areas. Once inserted, these needles are thought to trigger a variety of healing biological and physiological responses, such as reduced pain, increased lymphatic flow, and restored function of various bodily systems (e.g., hormonal and metabolic).
Electro-acupuncture, or TENS, involves no needle insertion at all. Instead, our chiropractor can place self-adhesive electrodes to the target treatment area (lower back, for instance) which then transmit a light electrical impulse to the nerve endings found in the skin. This electrical signal triggers an analgesic effect in the body by disrupting pain signals and preventing them from reaching the brain for processing.
Acupuncture and TENS have been shown to be safe for pregnant women as well as their unborn child. In fact, traditional acupuncture has even been suggested to help women struggling with infertility because it can stimulate increased cervical blood flow, improved ovary function, and increased endometrial wall thickening.
At our clinic, we use it to help pregnant and post-partum women find relieve from back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain. The beneficial effects of treatment are optimized when provided alongside other safe-for-baby-and-mom services like massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments.
Are you pregnant or trying to become pregnant? Struggling with natal or post-natal back pain? Contact Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture today at (630) 983-1805 to schedule an appointment with our Naperville chiropractor and learn how electro-acupuncture and other drug-free services can safely help moms and moms-to-be!
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