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Medical Acupuncture - St. Cloud, FL

A Proven Method for Fast Pain Relief

Older man smiling after medical acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment that comes to us from traditional Chinese medicine, in which small needles are gently placed into the skin in order to stimulate healing and help someone stop feeling pain. Medical acupuncture from our St. Cloud, FL doctor of osteopathic medicine is different, in that it combines this old approach with modern anatomical knowledge. It has been used by doctors all over the world to help patients recover from chronic pain and acute injuries, and now, you can experience its benefits right here in St. Cloud thanks to Dr. Derek Murphy. To learn more and schedule an appointment, contact us today.

Why Choose Holistic Medicine Wellness Center for Medical Acupuncture?

  • Provided by a Certified Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Whole-Body Approach to Care
  • Trained in Acupuncture by the Helms Medical Institute

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Physician placing medical acupuncture needles

On the surface, Medical Acupuncture is very similar to the traditional method. Needles are strategically placed into the skin all over the body to relieve pain and focus someone’s healing ability. In addition to combining this practice with a more contemporary understanding of the body, Dr. Murphy is also able to use acupuncture as part of an overall treatment plan, not just a standalone therapy, to provide general wellness as well as a solution to a specific problem.

Medical Acupuncture Benefits

Man with neck pain in need of medical acupuncture

One of the biggest benefits of Medical Acupuncture is that it offers a drug-free way to experience immediate pain relief for almost any area of the body. It may be all a patient needs, or it could help them enjoy a comfortable experience while a more robust treatment is taking effect. After receiving Medical Acupuncture, most patients report feeling like themselves again, and because there are no side effects (other than relaxation), they can quickly resume their normal activities after a session.

Why Should I Visit an Osteopathic Physician?

Osteopathic physician examining patient's foot

People who offer traditional acupuncture typically have no formal medical training, but as a certified Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Murphy has not only completed medical school, but gone through years of medical training and residency where he’s treated many different patients experiencing a wide array of ailments. This experience gives him a deep understanding of the human body and how to address numerous musculoskeletal conditions, plus he’s able to combine acupuncture with other treatments to deliver a better, longer-lasting result.

Medical Acupuncture FAQs

Professional carefully inserting needles into patient’s back during medical acupuncture session

Before you talk to us about scheduling a medical acupuncture session , you might want to learn more about this centuries-old treatment. That is completely understandable, and it is why we have put together the following brief list of FAQs. If you don’t see the information you were hoping for, feel free to reach out to us directly.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Although the idea of having needles inserted into your body might sound a little intimidating, acupuncture is actually quite comfortable. Some patients feel a very slight pinch as the needles are being inserted, while others feel nothing at all. Very mild cramping or other side effects might occur, but these are temporary and usually easy to tolerate.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, acupuncture is safe. The needles are disposable, individually packaged, and pre-sterilized, so there is almost no risk of infection. Compared to the laundry list of side effects that you might experience with pharmaceutical pain relief methods, medical acupuncture is one of the safest therapies that you could commit to. It is truly conservative, holistic medicine.

How Does Acupuncture Provide Pain Relief?

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is all about an invisible force in the body called Qi. If the Qi gets out of balance, various symptoms can occur. Acupuncture helps to balance the Qi.

That might sound a little unscientific, and thankfully, modern science has greatly enhanced our understanding of how acupuncture works. It is generally believed that the needles stimulate certain parts of the brain, which in turn leads to reduced pain and increased relaxation. Studies indicate that acupuncture can have other benefits as well, such as reducing symptoms of depression and providing relief from migraines.

How Often Will I Need to Attend Acupuncture Sessions?

That really depends on how you respond to the treatment. Some patients notice remarkable results after just one session, while for others, they experience the best results after several visits. After you condition is stabilized, you won’t have to come in for acupuncture as often as you did at the beginning of your treatment. However, coming in for occasional sessions may help you remain healthy and pain-free.

Dr. Murphy will design a personalized plan to address whatever conditions you are coping with. Medical acupuncture might just be one facet of your overall treatment. It may work alongside medical marijuana and other holistic treatments to help you enjoy the best results possible.

How Long Does an Acupuncture Session Last?

The length of acupuncture sessions can vary. Your first session may be the longest because we will take the time to answer your questions and collect more information about you. Subsequent sessions may last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Resting for a while with the needles in your body can help you to enjoy the greatest benefits from the treatment.