Acupuncture Specialist

Chiromed Health Center

Chiropractors & Acupuncture located in Santa Ana, CA

ChiroMed Health Center strives to offer comprehensive care for all health issues related to your spine and nervous system. Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Gutierrez, acupuncture is available from Dr. Brandon Bright at the Santa Ana, California, location. Acupuncture has a well-established history of safety and efficacy, and can work wonders to assist you on your journey toward pain-free function. Schedule an appointment today to give acupuncture a try, or to continue your acupuncture care with Dr. Bright. You can set up a visit online or with a simple phone call.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture has enjoyed something of a revival in recent years, but it’s actually an ancient Chinese medical practice that has been in use around the world for thousands of years. There are two ways to think about acupuncture, one rooted in the traditional approach and one founded in modern medicine.

Ancient Chinese medical knowledge held that every person has an essential life force that flows through the body along clearly defined channels, known in acupuncture as meridians. If those meridians become blocked, your life force, called qi, can no longer flow properly.

That leads to numerous health issues, some of which occur far from the source of blockage. Acupuncture is used to correct the flow of qi using a series of thin treatment needles.

The more modern approach holds that acupuncture treatment needles stimulate your peripheral nervous system and circulatory system. Those changes are believed to produce the results so many people experience with acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can also help relieve knotted muscle fibers by forcing a localized relaxation response.

What conditions can acupuncture improve?

Acupuncture is an effective treatment path for many conditions, including:

  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Postoperative and chemotherapy-induced nausea
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches

Some even turn to acupuncture to treat issues like respiratory disorders and menstrual cramps.

Am I a good candidate for acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a very popular treatment that can address many different complaints, but it isn’t for everyone. If you have the following conditions, you might want to speak with Dr. Gutierrez or Dr. Bright about other alternatives:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Pacemaker
  • Pregnancy

If you have any serious health concerns, be sure to speak with a team member when you book your appointment or during your consultation to make sure acupuncture is right for you.

Do the treatment needles hurt?

The needles used in acupuncture are incredibly tiny. They are so thin, they are flexible, and they also don’t extend deep within your body.

Most men and women report absolutely no discomfort during sessions, and many find the experience relaxing. Some are even lulled into a brief nap during acupuncture.

You might experience some minor sensitivity in the area where the treatment needles were placed, and a little bruising is also normal.

Treatment needles are sterile, and are only used once before being properly disposed of. There is little risk of infection, no significant bleeding or swelling during or after treatment, and no need for recovery time.    

If you’re curious about what acupuncture can do for you, book an appointment with Dr. Bright today. You can set up a visit with a phone call, or try the simple online scheduling tool.