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Acupuncture Services in North New Jersey

Acupuncture is a common treatment for chronic and acute pain relief – the FDA estimates that between 9 and 12 million treatments are performed annually in the US. Acupuncture can be an accessible, safe, and inexpensive treatment for a wide variety of painful symptoms, often providing a surgery-free option to pervasive health problems.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was developed by the Chinese thousands of years ago and is performed to stimulate the body’s own healing powers and strengthen the immune system. This is achieved through a combination of the insertion of tiny needles, application of light pressure, and use of heat.

According to ancient Chinese belief, there is a network of energy called “qi” (pronounced “chee”) that flows through the body and connects through different channels known as “meridians.” These pathways are related to the organs, muscular systems, and nervous systems, and their specific internal functions. If there is an imbalance in the flow of the body’s energy, pain or illness is the result. Acupuncture is used to correct this imbalance.

Many studies performed by physicians have demonstrated that acupuncture treatments can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain relieving substances found in the brain and the spinal cord. This is one possible explanation for the pain relief patients often feel after an acupuncture treatment.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

As acupuncture is performed, there is a brief “needle prick” sensation as the needle enters the skin – this is not typically painful, as the needles are so thin. Then, as the energy effect occurs, the patient may feel numbness, heat, dull aching, or tingling where the needle is located. Many patients find the treatments are actually very relaxing as a result of the natural pain-reliving endorphins.

How is Acupuncture Performed?

The treatment is non-pharmacological and completely safe – there are no contraindications, it does not interfere with any medications, and associated side effects are rare and extremely mild. The procedure is typically pain-free, since the needles are finer than those used for injections. Minor side effects may include slight dizziness or a small amount of blood when needles are removed.

Acupuncture is performed with extremely fine, flexible, hair-thin, single-use sterile needles made of a silver and steel alloy. There is nothing special about the needles themselves; they are simply tools to manipulate the energy imbalances within the body. Heat or light pressure from the acupuncturist’s hands may also be applied. The needles are typically left in place for 15 – 20 minutes, and may be rotated by the physician or stimulated electrically. Once the procedure is finished, the needles are properly disposed.

Conditions Treated with Acupuncture

Our licensed acupuncturists use acupuncture to treat the following disorders:

  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

In addition, acupuncture can potentially help with:

  • Weight Loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Many other medical conditions

Is Acupuncture Expensive?

Because acupuncture is non-invasive and non-pharmacological, it is often the most cost-effective treatment option for pain. Many insurance companies cover acupuncture, and for our patients without insurance coverage we offer discounted pricing.

Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions

Are there side effects to acupuncture?

Side effects are rare. Most side effects are minor and may include occasional dizziness, usually after the first treatment, and slight bleeding after the needles are withdrawn.

Do acupuncture treatments hurt?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections and so rarely hurt. They are also used only at a superficial depth. Some people say they don’t feel it at all, and often fall asleep during treatment.

Does acupuncture interfere with medication?

No. And, depending on your condition, you may find you do not need to continue with certain medication.

Does acupuncture just treat sore backs?

No, acupuncture can be beneficial to all body systems including respiration, digestion, circulation and the immune system.

How many acupuncture treatments will I need?

Each patient is different depending upon their case. Often noticeable improvement is made within 3–4 weeks of the first treatment. Dr. Lambert will help you decide whether adequate progress has been made with your condition or if further sessions would be beneficial, and if follow-ups after several weeks would help maintain the improved condition.

How should I prepare for an acupuncture session?

Come to the center wearing loose comfortable clothing. Do not come overly hungry, or overly full.

How will I feel after an acupuncture treatment?

Everyone responds differently. Some are very relaxed or drowsy, while others are energized. Returning to normal activity afterwards should not be a problem. Any feelings out of the ordinary should be brought up to Dr. Lambert.

Is acupuncture covered by health insurance?

Some companies do cover it. You are advised to contact your particular insurance carrier, or Dr. Lambert’s assistant would be happy to verify coverage for you.

Is acupuncture safe?

Extremely safe, if practiced by an accredited practitioner such as Dr. Lambert. Needles are sterile and used only once.

Where will I get the acupuncture needles?

That will depend on your individual condition and what meridian point on the body will need to be treated. Patients are normally treated lying down on their back or on their stomach.

The Acupuncture Team at Montvale Health

Rick Lambert, MD

Dr. Rick Lambert, MD

Medical Director

Jin Ho Lee, LAC

Jin Ho Lee, LAC

Licensed Acupuncturist

Thomasina Breen, LAC

Thomasina Breen, LAC

Licensed Acupuncturist

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