I’m asked a lot about whether it’s safe to put needles right along side the spinal vertebrae. The answer is YES! It’s derived from a Japanese form of Acupuncture and they are called Huato Jiaji points. The needles are placed right next to the discs rather than in them so the spinal cord is entirely safe. By putting these acupuncture points in, I’m encouraging a strong flow of blood into the area that clears out inflammation from the spine and it aids healing. I find this especially helpful in cases of degenerative disc disease because it prevents further degeneration and it also helps manage the pain.