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Acupuncture for Neuropathy: Does it Help Nerve Pain?


“It’s not the poke, it’s the twist. When placing an acupuncture needle, the provider [may] twist the needle during insertion. The twisting of the needle will wrap the collagen fibers of the connective tissue around the shaft of the needle. As the tissue winds around the needle, it causes increased mechanical stimulation to the connective tissue cells. Think of a fork in a plate of spaghetti, the noodles winding around the fork. In the body it’s the connective tissue, or fascia, that is winding around the needle.”

- Douglas Bertram, L.AC., MTCM, CEO and Founder of Structural Elements®

Written by: Mona Freund

As stated in the online article, The Nessy, "if you’re someone who deals with nerve pain, the thought of treating it by sticking sharp needles into your skin may seem a little (or a lot) counterintuitive. But consider switching the words “sharp needles in skin” with another, considerably more gentle word: “acupuncture.” This is something that debatably sounds better, and definitely has science-based research to back up its effectiveness in treating neuropathy. 

Semantics aside, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Luckily for you, we read through the science and asked experienced practitioners if and how acupuncture can help soothe nerve pain..."

Read the full article here.


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