Acupuncture is the placement of very fine needles into certain areas of the body to achieve relaxation. This can be achieved by the direct needling of inflamed muscles to reduce muscle tension by increasing the blood flow to the area. A more general sense of relaxation can be achieved by the needling of acupuncture points which in turn promotes the release of endorphins which act as our bodies’ natural pain relief.
Acupuncture for Dental Work
Acupuncture has been in used in dentistry around Europe for more than 25 years. With much neurophysiological research and well conducted clinical trials, acupuncture has gained acceptance as a valuable tool in the general management of dental pain.
It can be viewed as an effective complimentary aid when used alongside other pain relief methods in dentistry, and is a different form of acupuncture from that of its traditional Chinese counterpart. Dental acupuncture is based on the idea that carefully positioned acupuncture needles stimulate nerve endings which directly effects how the body responds to pain. The dentist is able to place needles in areas which will give the patient effective drug free pain relief during dental procedures.