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Acupuncture Specialist

LiveWell Pain Management

Nora Taha, MD

Physical Medicine & Pain Management located in Elmwood Park, NJ & Englewood, NJ

Acupuncture is an ancient form of pain relief that often plays a major role in integrative pain management programs. When you need pain management, it’s important to find a provider who can address all aspects of your pain — and that’s where Acupuncture at LiveWell Pain Management in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, comes in. Nora Taha, MD, is a pain expert who is certified in Medical Acupuncture and offers other alternative therapies alongside Interventional Pain Management procedures. Book your consultation by calling the office or requesting one online today.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine treatment that involves inserting very thin needles into particular points on your body. 

This treatment can trigger your body to release endorphins, the powerful natural chemicals that alter pain signals. It can also change the way your body regulates serotonin, the brain chemical that's responsible for your mood. 

Acupuncture is a completely natural treatment that works well with other nonsurgical pain management treatments. At LiveWell Pain Management, Dr. Taha, a Medical Acupuncture specialist, may administer Acupuncture treatments to reduce pain and to boost the efficacy of your other treatments. 

What is the Acupuncture process like?

For Acupuncture treatment, Dr. Taha places 3-15 very thin needles at key points on your body. She may add low levels of heat or vibration to maximize Acupuncture effects.

Generally, the process is painless because she doesn't insert the needles deeply. You relax for 10-20 minutes before Dr. Taha removes the needles and completes the treatment. 

There’s no downtime after Acupuncture treatments, but in some cases, you might want to rest for a short period afterward. 

When might I need Acupuncture treatments?

Acupuncture can treat many types of pain, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Hip pain
  • Neck pain
  • Post-surgery pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spinal stenosis

Acupuncture can also help to manage many other kinds of pain, from acute injuries to debilitating chronic disease, so don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Taha about Acupuncture for your pain.

Is Acupuncture right for me?

If you have any kind of chronic pain that doesn't respond to traditional treatments, or if you would prefer a natural way to manage your pain, Acupuncture could be a good fit for you. 

Acupuncture is especially valuable as an alternative to narcotic pain medication. Narcotics can fight pain, but they wear off quickly, and then the pain returns. In many cases, you need to steadily increase narcotic usage to maintain adequate pain relief, which can put you at risk of becoming addicted to these medications. 

This can quickly lead to a cycle of taking large quantities of addictive and potentially harmful medications. Furthermore, since narcotics treat the symptoms but not the pain itself, they offer no long-term solutions. 

In contrast, a comprehensive pain management program that includes Acupuncture and other treatments can address the pain at the source for a lasting solution.

To schedule an Acupuncture appointment, call LiveWell Pain Management, or request one online today.