Needles may not seem appealing at first, but the use of small needles in acupuncture has proven to have various health benefits. From pain relief to brain stimulation, acupuncture has been an ancient holistic health practice for years. A new MRI study has revealed how this ancient practice stimulates brain activity.
An MRI Study
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans use powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to create internal images of the body. Functional MRI’s utilize this technology to study the brain.
fMRI’s have been used to study how acupuncture stimulates various networks in the brain. Certain acupuncture points were shown to affect the brain through blood-oxygen level dependent measurements. This study proved that acupuncture has the ability to relieve pain and even reduce symptoms for carpal tunnel patients.
How Acupuncture Effects The Body
This holistic health technique originated from Traditional Chinese Medicine practices but is now being used to help treat common day ailments. A wide variety of diseases, pain, and stress related symptoms can be found through the placement of these small needles in specific areas of the body.
So what can acupuncture help with?
· muscle spasms and pain
· chronic back problems and pain
· headaches, including reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines
· neck pain
· knee pain
· digestive problems
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of acupuncture for pain relief including migraines, arthritis, and chronic pain. Acupuncture treatment has long-term benefits on the body like improving insomnia and preventing cognitive decline.
The same technology that helps us care for our patients can be used to study the health benefits of treatments like acupuncture. If you’re in need of an imaging scan to diagnose your ailment, be sure to book an appointment at our center for the best open MRI care.