Acupuncture and COVID-19: What You Should Know

Acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate nerve activity in your body and bring about the release of various chemicals that help regulate your body’s internal system and invite healing. Many people find this means of healthcare powerfully helpful in both preventing and managing common health challenges.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you may be wondering whether acupuncture is a safe, feasible, or helpful option. Whether you’re new to acupuncture or curious about continuing your treatment, our office is open and we are here to help. 

At Coastal Pain Medicine in Pompano Beach, Florida, Patrick Brennan, DO, and his team is pleased to provide acupuncture to improve your health and well-being, treating everything from chronic headaches to musculoskeletal pain. Read on to learn about acupuncture and COVID-19, including safety steps to take and potential benefits of the treatment.

Safety first

At Coastal Pain Medicine, your safety is a top priority, particularly during these unprecedented times. Given that, we’re continuing to take precautions to reduce the risks of the virus spreading for our patients, as well as our staff. Because social distancing isn’t fully feasible during acupuncture treatments, it’s important to delay services if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of the virus, such as: 

You may also need to wait for acupuncture if you’re at high risk for severe COVID-19 complications, due to a compromised immune system or older age. If you feel healthy and haven’t been exposed to the coronavirus, please follow standard safety protocols by wearing an appropriate face mask, washing your hands routinely and well, and maintaining at least six feet of distance between others whenever possible. Our staff follows these guidelines as well. We also do our part by keeping surfaces clean, maintaining proper air circulation, and avoiding crowding in our facility. When you schedule your appointment or arrive for treatment, we may conduct screening questions or take your temperature.

Benefits of acupuncture

While research is limited, a small study published in Medical Acupuncture concluded that acupuncture should be considered as a viable added form of supportive care for people experiencing symptoms from COVID-19 pneumonia. If you don’t have the virus, acupuncture may provide other benefits that enhance your wellbeing in other ways, such as reduced:

Acupuncture may also help boost your energy levels or improve your moods, which can be especially helpful during stressful times. 

To learn more about acupuncture and COVID-19 or get started on approved treatment, call Coastal Pain Medicine, or request an appointment through our website.

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