Acupuncture treatment involves an initial assessment, followed by a course of treatment suitable for the condition. Treatment is usually provided in six consecutive appointments, but may be less if the condition responds quickly. The treatment itself involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position. Sometimes, manual or low-voltage electrical stimulation is applied to assist the process. The number of needles varies, but may only be two or three.
Conditions that have evidence-based, positive responses to acupuncture include, but are not limited to, neck and back pain, sciatica, sinus pain, arthritis pain, and fibromyalgia. It can decrease the need for pain medications in many cases.
It works in a variety of ways, but the end result is an increase in circulation and a release of your body’s own hormones and chemicals that relieve pain and positively affect other conditions.
Dr. Stevens is certified to perform acupuncture in South Dakota, and is also a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society who is a leader in acupuncture research providing studies for what is known as medical or Evidence Based Acupuncture. He has studied acupuncture in the United States and abroad. His training allows him to use a combination of traditional Chinese Acupuncture as well as Evidence Based Acupuncture in his practice.