Acupuncture Can Benefit Children, Too


When you think of acupuncture, you might visualize a woman or man lying on a massage table with tiny needles sticking out all over their body. But have you considered that children can also benefit from acupuncture therapy?

Full-grown adults aren’t the only people affected by chronic pain and other issues treatable with acupuncture. Children suffer as well, and understandably, a parent wants to find a solution that doesn’t involve addictive medications or invasive surgery. Acupuncture can be a natural, pain-free solution.

The Research on Pediatric Acupuncture

Pivotal research published by Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare found that children experiencing chronic pain can find relief through acupuncture. In the study, nine child patients received various acupuncture treatments, and all nine reported pain relief.

Since that 2016 study, continued research on pediatric acupuncture has shown that this procedure is not only safe but effective in treating various conditions:

  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Musculoskeletal pain syndrome
  • Neck and back pain
  • Mood disorders
  • Juvenile fibromyalgia
  • Sleep difficulties

This pain-free method offers hope without the harmful side effects common with surgery and prescription drugs.

The only downside to acupuncture is that some children may fear the needles. It helps to point out that the needles are very thin and barely penetrate the skin. They look and feel like cat whiskers and get thrown away after a single use. Furthermore, most people, including children, find the treatment very relaxing. They may even fall asleep during the therapy!

Pediatric Acupuncture for Pain Relief Close to Home

Discover the holistic benefits of acupuncture for your child, whether they struggle with chronic pain or another condition. Acupuncture can be a natural and safe complement to your child’s integrative healthcare journey. Contact Blatman Health and Wellness Center to book an appointment for your child. We’d be happy to explain the procedure and help your child feel more comfortable before the session.

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