Dr. Cody Doyle is a trained chiropractor certified in both chiropractic and acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture is an alternative and holistic procedure based on traditional Chinese medicine that effectively treats painful conditions. It involves inserting very thin needles into strategic points on your body called acupuncture points. This stimulates the nerves, muscles, and tissues, increasing energy and blood flow within the underlying tissues and muscles. The result is pain relief.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture and oriental medicine date back as far as 480 B.C. However, complementary and alternative medicine did not become a part of health care in the United States until the late 1970s.
Over the years, acupuncture has gained recognition as a viable holistic treatment. It has shown to be effective in improving the body’s natural ability to heal itself without using painkillers or surgery. Most states require certain certifications or special examinations to perform acupuncture.
The human body contains patterns of energy flow essential for physical health. When energy flow is disrupted, it can result in inflammation, disease, and pain.
The theory behind acupuncture is that certain points close to the skin can be stimulated to correct energy flow. This stimulation of healthy energy helps improve blood flow, reduces swelling, and decreases pain.
Another positive effect of acupuncture is that it promotes the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkiller.
While some patients fear the process will be painful, most patients report no discomfort. In fact, the treatment is actually very relaxing and produces no negative side effects.
Conditions Acupuncture Can Help
Acupuncture works by stimulating acupoints to increase energy flow and ease stress in the muscles.
Treatment has proven to be effective in easing or halting symptoms of a variety of conditions, such as:
- Back and neck pain
- Allergies and sinusitis symptoms
- Asthma symptoms
- Migraines and headaches
- Muscle spasms and pain
- Arthritis symptoms
- Menstrual cramps
- Upper extremity pain
- Lower extremity pain
- TMJ disorder
- Stress and anxiety symptoms
- Digestive symptoms
It is important to note that we are not directly treating any specific condition. Our approach with acupuncture is to treat dysfunction in very specific points within your body. Treating these strategic points has shown a wide range of health benefits, including reducing symptoms of conditions like those listed above.
What to Expect During Acupuncture
Before beginning treatment, Dr. Doyle will perform a detailed evaluation to determine your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and health concerns. He will then create a personalized treatment plan unique to you. The initial consultation will take about an hour, with follow-up treatments ranging from 30-45 minutes. The total number of treatments required will depend on the severity of your condition.
Before treatment, Dr. Doyle will discuss the overall plan with you. He will answer any questions and address your concerns to ensure you understand the procedure. He will take the time to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
If necessary, he will provide you with a gown to change into and have you lie down on a padded table. Once you are comfortable, he will insert a number of thin needles in varying depths into your skin. You may feel a mild stinging sensation, but most patients experience very little discomfort.
Once inserted, Dr. Doyle may use certain techniques to increase stimulation. For instance, he may gently move the needle up or down or in a circular motion. He also may use heat or mild electrical pulses. The type of treatment differs from patient to patient.
After about 10 to 20 minutes, Dr. Doyle will gently remove the needles.
Some patients experience a relaxing or energizing sensation along with a reduction in pain immediately after treatment. However, others may take a few weeks of treatments to respond.
Depending on your unique symptoms and complaints, Dr. Doyle may recommend additional treatment methods. For instance you may benefit from adding modalities such as physical therapy, exercise, chiropractic care, and a healthy diet.
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Acupuncture is safe and effective when performed by an experienced practitioner.
If you would like to learn more, contact Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture today at (817) 767-5430. One of our caring team members can answer your questions and schedule your initial consultation.
We care for patients from North Fort Worth, including Trophy Club, Grapevine, Southlake, Argyle, Keller, NRH, and Justin.
**Dr. Doyle received his training to perform acupuncture at Texas Chiropractic College. He performs acupuncture in accordance with the scope of practice of a chiropractor in the State of Texas.
Placing needles at certain acupoints can have numerous benefits outside the musculoskeletal system. However, Dr. Doyle does not directly treat any condition that does not have at its core a musculoskeletal component. Instead, he treats only those dysfunctional points within the musculoskeletal system that he identifies after a thorough history and examination.
If treating an acupuncture point produces a benefit outside the musculoskeletal system, that benefit is purely incidental. **