Acupuncture

Sravani Mehta, MD -  - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Brain and Stroke Care

Sravani Mehta, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Brain Injury Medicine located in Nashville, TN

Acupuncture restores the flow of energy in your body, promotes natural healing, and relieves pain so effectively that medical doctors recommend it above medication for treating low back pain. At Brain and Stroke Care: Sravani Mehta, MD, you can receive integrative care that incorporates conventional medicine with alternative options. You get the best of both worlds from Dr. Mehta, who’s a medical doctor and a practitioner of acupuncture. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Nashville, Tennessee, or use the online booking feature.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment that heals and relieves pain by restoring the normal flow of qi, the energy that flows through your body. Qi follows defined pathways called meridians that connect major body systems.

Many problems, including stress, disease, injury, and nutritional deficiencies, can block the energy pathways. When acupuncture needles are inserted at precise acupuncture points (acupoints), they release the blockage and your body’s natural ability to heal returns.

In ongoing scientific studies exploring acupuncture, the experts have learned that acupuncture needles stimulate the release of endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain relievers. Acupuncture also produces a response in nerves, triggering the release of neurotransmitters and improving nerve connectivity in areas of the brain responsible for regulating pain.

What health conditions are treated with acupuncture?

The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization support acupuncture for the treatment of numerous health conditions, including:

  • Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Nausea
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Myofascial pain
  • Depression
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Acupuncture is especially effective for relieving pain, frequently providing relief when other medical treatments fail. Acupuncture helps treat pain caused by chronic headaches, osteoarthritis, low back pain, and other types of musculoskeletal pain.

Does acupuncture have a role in brain and stroke care?

With its ability to stimulate nerves and biochemicals, acupuncture may be especially beneficial for the conditions treated at Brain and Stroke Care: Sravani Mehta, MD. The experts have already established the role of acupuncture for relieving the pain of headaches and migraines.

Acupuncture also increases the levels of biochemicals that stimulate nerve repair following traumatic brain injury. As an expert in spasticity and a practitioner of acupuncture, Dr. Mehta may recommend acupuncture to treat spasticity that occurs due to a traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other underlying illnesses.

What should I expect during treatment with acupuncture?

The acupuncture needles are very thin and tapered, so they easily glide through your skin. After the needle reaches the appropriate depth, Dr. Mehta may twirl the needle or send a low-intensity electrical current through the needles. The needles stay in place for about 10-20 minutes. During that time, you may feel sensations such as warmth or tingling, but you shouldn’t experience discomfort.

To learn more about the benefits of acupuncture, call Brain and Stroke Care: Sravani Mehta, MD, or schedule an appointment online.