What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical modality that has been a part of the practice of Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of needles into selective points on the surface of the body to accelerate the body’s rate of healing.Acupuncture therapy works with the body’s energetic system to encourage the body to replenish itself and recover from injury or disease. The Chinese call this energy chi (qi), or life force. When qi is blocked, deficient or stagnant, it is common to feel pain. Acupuncture needles may stimulate the movement of qi and increase the amount of circulation to the blocked area. Acupuncture stimulates the body to balance itself.
The benefits of acupuncture may include decreased pain, reduced inflammation, increased blood flow and circulation, increased range of motion, more normalized sleep patterns, more energy and vitality, improved bodily function, and overall relaxation.
Acupuncture may be used to treat a variety of ailments such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, allergies, infertility, digestive issues, headaches, facial rejuvenation, stroke, TMJ, and chronic pain.
Acupuncture is a treatment option when conventional medication or intervention is unhelpful or not desired. It may also be used as an adjunct to physical therapy and/or surgery.
Are there any precautions?
Believe it or not, acupuncture is similar to working out or getting a deep tissue massage by moving blood and circulation. Avoid exercise, working out, or heavy work for 1 to 2 hours after a treatment.
What should I do to prepare for my treatment?
It is best to eat breakfast and a meal before a treatment, including protein if possible. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after a treatment as well. Following these guidelines will help to avoid any feelings of nausea.
Are there side effects?
Yes! Good Ones! Most people experience a feeling of relaxation following a treatment. Sometimes, one may notice a deeper sense of relaxation during sleep following a treatment.
Very rarely a person may feel nauseous after an acupuncture treatment, as acupuncture tends to move blood and improve circulation.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture treatments are very relaxing, even blissful. Acupuncture needles feel nothing at all like getting a shot. They are hair-thin, and you may not even notice the insertion. Once a needle has been inserted, people often feel some sensations including: warmth, tingling, or a light buzzing.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
This is probably the most often-asked question regarding acupuncture. The needles used are very fine and flexible. They are inserted quickly, with relatively little discomfort.
Western vs. Chinese Medicine
In cases where immediate intervention is necessary, we require that the patient see a Western medical doctor in addition to receiving acupuncture. In emergency situations, Western medicine is always more appropriate.
If for any reason you feel discomfort or have concerns during any portion of your treatment, please feel free to communicate these concerns to your Acupuncturist.
How quickly does it work? How many treatments do I need?
The answer to these questions varies greatly from person to person. The length of time it takes a person to heal depends upon the type of injury, severity of the problem, length of time the person has been ill, and the physical state of the patient at the time of treatment.
Many patients experience a noticeable improvement immediately following, or within 2 to 24 hours after their treatment. These improvements may last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, depending on the constitution of the patient.
Generally patients receive 1 to 2 treatments to see if they begin to notice any changes in their sleep or improvements in their symptoms. At this point we may discuss how many treatments may be reasonable to achieve the specific goals of the patient.
Electro-therapy, moxibustion, Chinese herbs, and other modalities may be used in combination with acupuncture to increase its benefits.
Are the needles safe?
Only sterile, stainless steel, disposable needles are used for treatments.
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