Acupuncture for Pain

Smart Pain Solutions in Clayton uses dry needling and acupuncture techniques to help patients with a variety of conditions. Acupuncture is safe and cost effective for many types of injuries. To set an appointment with Dr. Amanda Peiffer at Smart Pain Solutions – Clayton, call 314-721-5390. Saturday hours are available if you need an acupuncturist in Clayton, MO.

Acupuncture, what is it?

Acupuncture uses fine gauge needles to affect the body’s pain pathways, stimulating the body’s self-healing mechanisms. It is safe and effective. It is understandable to be scared of needles, but you will barely feel these. The process is usually painless and takes about thirty minutes, once a diagnois and treatment plan is established.

Is Acupuncture painful?

Not to most people. You can be scared of needles and still tolerate acupuncture treatments, with minimal anguish. The needles are significantly smaller than the kind you are used to at the doctors office. You may feel a little sting when they are going in, but that is it. Many people do not feel them at all.

When is the right time to try Acupuncture?

There is not a hard and fast rule which dictates when Acupuncture or Dry Needling is the correct intervention. This is a clinical decision made between you and your doctor. Smart Pain Solutions offers a variety of safe treatments for conditions such as Low Back, Neck Pain, Shoulder Injuries and Headaches. After sitting down and discussing your condition with one of our  doctors, you will be provided with options. Often Dry Needling vs Chiropractic Adjustments is merely a personal choice. 

Common Conditions Treated with Dry Needling at Smart Pain Solutions

Neck Pain
Shoulder Injuries
Hip Pain
Tennis Elbow
Carpal Tunnel
Shoulder Impingement

What is the difference between Dry needling and Acupuncture?

Depending on who you talk to, Acupuncture and Dry Needling can be used interchangeably. To the average person getting treated for a given condition, they may not notice the difference. Both principles use needles in a similar fashion and have benefits. 

Dry needling uses acupuncture techniques to specifically target musculoskeletal complaints. Needles are inserted directly into muscle bellies, tendons, or dysfunctional tissue. Dry Needling disrupts the neurological pathways that cause people to sense pain.  

Traditional Acupuncture uses the same needles to affect the body’s Meridians as taught in Chinese Medicine guides to the healing response. Traditional Acupuncture often treats a wider array of conditions such as allergies, rhinitis, fertility, immunity, and hay fever.

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