Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It's based on the theory that energy, called chi, flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians.
Acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles.
Acupuncture also may be useful for but not limited to:
- Tennis elbow
- Fibromyalgia, or widespread pain and tenderness of muscle and soft tissue
- Myofascial pain, caused by spasm in the muscles
- Low back pain
- Alleviate symptoms associated with Carpal tunnel syndrome, or pressure on a nerve in the wrist that results in tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers and hand