Humpday Health: Acupuncture

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve all seen acupuncture on TV and in movies, and getting all those needles put in you skin can be a little intimidating, but according to Kris Petersen, a nationally certified acupuncturist, it’s really about relaxing and healing.

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“So I’m starting from the person’s problem, or discomfort, or problem area and working backwards,” said Petersen.

Petersen said the body needs to be treated holistically and the needles can help with that.

“We’re talking to the body through the central and the peripheral nervous system. We’re not actually anesthetizing the nerves but we’re actually sort of opening them up to allow nutrients and oxygen to get better to them,” Petersen said.

He said acupuncture is preventative and aims at catching a problem before it happens and you end up getting hurt.

“Unlike western medicine where we treat disease, we treat wellness,” said Petersen.

So now to the part you’ve all been thinking about, the needles.

“They’re as fine as our hair,” Petersen said.

He adds the depth of the needles vary depending on the patient and their condition.

“It could be from right under the skin to, if you’re going in the glute area, it could be three or four inches deep,” Petersen said.

Acupuncture might be something to consider especially if you suffer from sore or tight muscles.