It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles. This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. It’s likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.

The effect of this type of treatment is similar to that of a workout: muscles are slightly torn and must repair themselves, and delayed-onset muscle soreness is common for the next few days. Patients frequently report feeling much better after 1-2 days than they did before coming in for treatment.

Acupuncture can help you recover more quickly from an injury. “If a muscle is torn, acupuncture won’t put it back together, but for sprains and strains, muscle soreness and tendonitis, acupuncture can decrease inflammation and speed the healing process.