Acupuncture literally means "needle piercing." Very fine needles are inserted into the skin to stimulate specific points called acupoints. It has traditionally been taught as a preventive form of health care, but it has also been found useful in the treatment of a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Acupuncture has been used for over 3,000 years in China as a major part of their primary health care system. In modern times, it is used for the prevention of and treatment of diseases, for the relief of pain, and as an anesthetic for surgery. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received. We at Podiatry Associates of Belleville use acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal pain, in combination with podiatric and physiotherapy interventions in order that your problem can be tackled as quickly as possible. Each patient's case will be assessed by Dr. Cozzarelli or Dr. Cione and treatment will be tailored to the individual. Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only five to six. Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions.
Dr. Cozzarelli and Dr. Cione are Board Certified in Podiatric Acupuncture for the treatment of any lower extremity pathologies. If you are interested in undergoing a regimen of Acupuncture feel free to call the office and schedule an appointment for an evaluation.