Acupuncture Specialist

Soma Healthcare Center

Lawrence Rugg, D.C.

Chiropractic Clinic located in Elmhurst, IL & Chicago, IL

Numerous studies show acupuncture as an effective treatment for chronic pain, especially in the back, knee, neck, and head. At Soma Health Care Center, we believe in a holistic approach to pain management and injury recovery. That's why we offer acupuncture as a supplementary treatment method for pain in Chicago and Elmhurst, Illinois. If you want to try acupuncture for yourself, call Soma Health Care Center today to schedule your first appointment.


How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a practice adopted from traditional Chinese medicine, using hair-thin needles to stimulate certain points on the body, including nerves, connective tissue, and muscles. This careful needlework helps the body repair itself by stimulating pain-killing chemicals, increasing blood flow to injured areas, and activating the body’s healing process.

During an acupuncture session, your acupuncturist will ask you questions about your condition and do a quick physical evaluation to determine a treatment approach. Then, he or she will place the fine needles at precise locations on your body while you lie comfortably on the treatment table. You will stay in this position anywhere from five to 30 minutes while the needles are activated.

Then, the acupuncturist will carefully remove the needles and give you further guidance. You will likely come out of the procedure in a very relaxed state.

What conditions does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is an excellent supplementary treatment for pain, especially chronic pain or headaches. Others have also found success with acupuncture when they want to:

  • Quit smoking
  • Improve fertility
  • Minimize asthma symptoms
  • Improve allergies
  • Reduce chemo-induced nausea
  • Decrease fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis pain
  • Decrease labor pain
  • Alleviate menstrual cramps

Does acupuncture hurt?

Even though the procedure uses needles, it is virtually painless. You might feel a slight prick when the needle enters the body, but nothing like what you would feel during a shot or injection. Patients say they feel a heaviness, numbness, or tingly feeling when it’s working. You will likely leave the office feeling very relaxed after the treatment.

When performed correctly by a credentialed expert using proper technique, acupuncture is very safe with minimal side effects. You can rest assured the acupuncturists at Soma Health Care Center meet all these criteria.

How effective is acupuncture?

Numerous studies show the effectiveness of acupuncture on headaches and back, neck, and knee pain. Dr. Rugg has found the treatment effective for other conditions as well.

Acupuncture is typically used as a supplementary treatment for medical conditions. For example, a person with allergies might see an allergist for targeted treatment, their primary care doctor for maintenance, and their acupuncturist for symptom relief during flare-ups. You will likely take multiple health approaches for your particular condition.

Call our office today to schedule your first session at Soma Health Care Center.