Acupuncture

Acupuncture Centers of South Florida

Acupuncture & Chiropractic Physicians located in Coral Gables, FL

Acupuncture originated in traditional Chinese medicine, but it’s so widely accepted today that many medical doctors recommend it to treat chronic pain problems like lower back pain. With a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, 18 months of specialized acupuncture training in China, and more than 3,200 hours of training, Veronica E. Trollerud, AP, DOM, at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida is exceptionally well-qualified to provide customized acupuncture treatment that targets the source of your pain and health problems. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Coral Gables, Florida, or use the online booking system.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture maintains the flow of natural energy, qi, that circulates throughout your body. When you’re in good health, qi freely moves along defined pathways called meridians. 

However, pain and illness develop when qi is blocked. Inserting acupuncture needles in the disrupted meridians promotes healing by restoring the flow of qi.

Beyond balancing your qi, the acupuncture needles relax muscles and stimulate nerve activity. As a result, your brain releases neurotransmitters and endorphins that relieve pain and reduce inflammation. 

Studies show that acupuncture improves nerve connectivity in the area of your brain that regulates pain and strengthens your immune system.

What health conditions does acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health support acupuncture for treating numerous health conditions. This list gives you a few examples of the many problems treated with acupuncture:

  • Headaches
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gastritis
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Facial and dental pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Menstrual problems and cramping

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reviewed the existing studies and found that acupuncture is especially effective for chronic musculoskeletal pain. 

As a result, Western physicians increasingly recommend it as part of the first line of treatment for chronic pain.

Beyond physical problems and pain relief, acupuncture is effective for healing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress. 

Dr. Trollerud also specializes in using acupuncture to treat women’s disorders, including fertility, menstrual problems, and menopausal disorders.

What should I expect during acupuncture treatment?

The needles used during acupuncture are different from those used for medical injections. Acupuncture needles are very thin, tapered, and flexible, a structure that lets them slide smoothly through your skin and into the targeted acupuncture point. 

Some patients feel a slight prick when the needle goes in, while others don’t feel any discomfort.

Once the acupuncture needles are at the proper depth, Dr. Trollerud may enhance their therapeutic effect by twirling the needles or sending a mild electrical current through the needles. 

While the needles are in place, you may feel sensations such as tingling or warmth, but you should never experience pain.

Whether you face an illness, chronic pain condition, or emotional problem, call Acupuncture Centers of South Florida or schedule an appointment online.