Acupuncture is an ancient health science which is still used today to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Authorities agree the science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old.


List of Treatments by Acupuncture:

  • Nerve Disorders
  • Muscle Disorders
  • Bone Disorders
  • Pain Management


  • How are treatments performed?

    First the related skin points are determined. They are appropriately treated by any of over thirty methods of stimulation, some of which are:

    • Long needle insertion (especially done in acupuncture anesthesia for surgery)

    • Short needle penetration

    • Non-piercing needles

    • Fingertip pressure (called shishin, or “finger needles”)

    • Metallic balls taped to the points

    • Electrical stimulation

    • Moxabustion (the burning of herbs over the points)

  • What are some of the conditions commonly treated by acupuncture?

    As a chiropractic physician, most patients present to my office for treatment of nerve – muscle – bone conditions. However, the fact is that most textbooks list over 200 conditions that may respond to acupuncture.

  • Are spinal adjusting treatments necessary with acupuncture?

    Some of our patients present for acupuncture only, however many benefit from the combination of chiropractic manipulation and acupuncture together. Each case is different. Therefore, after your examination that decision can then be made.

  • How many treatments?

    Obviously, the number of treatments vary with different conditions and individuals. Chronic problems generally require more treatment than acute ones. Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit. It has been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit up to three months following a course of therapy.

  • In acupuncture (Meridian Therapy) are there other important factors besides skin point stimulation and spinal adjusting?

    Yes, there are four laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity:

    • Proper nutrition.

    • Adequate rest.

    • Moderate exercise.

    • A positive mental attitude.


  • Dr. Riley is a certified acupuncturist, practicing this 5,000-year-old art for over 35 years.

Source: American Acupuncture Society of America