What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and today it is practiced all over the world. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points. The purpose of acupuncture is to alleviate pain and suffering and to improve overall health and well-being. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for over forty medical problems, including allergies, respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems, nervous conditions, and disorders of the eyes, nose and throat, and childhood illnesses, among others.
How can Acupuncture help me?
Acupuncture can help with the following conditions:
- Muscle Strains/Sprains
- Shoulder Pain
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Menstrual Cramps
- Elbow Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Acute Dental Pain
- Neck Pain
- Stress Relief
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
How does Acupuncture it work?
An acupuncture treatment will last approximately 20-30 minutes. It will consist of inserting multiple sterile, disposable, thin needles (around 4-10) into the skin in order to balance the flow of energy called “Qi”. At times our bodies may have obstructions which disrupts the normal flow of energy. In other words, this process is believed to adjust and alter the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns, and is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions.This may lead to disease, pain and suffering. Acupuncture helps the body heal itself from these obstructions. Along with relief, individuals experience from acupuncture, most experience a sense of relaxation from treatments.
Will Acupuncture hurt?
When the needle is inserted, you may feel a little prick on the skin. Since the needles are not being used to deliver medication into the body, the acupuncture needles utilized are much thinner than those used for traditional medicine ad thus are not painful.
Are there any adverse reactions to Acupuncture?
Sometimes. Some minor adverse reactions which may occur include with acupuncture: bruising, bleeding, nausea, syncope, and temporary worsening of symptoms. These are minor reactions and are alieved quickly.
What are the contraindications to Acupuncture?
Acupuncture should be avoided during pregnancy. If you have a pacemaker, electrical stimulation should not be used in conjunction with acupuncture. Individuals who are taking blood thinners or hemophiliacs must be cautious with using acupuncture as a form of treatment.
How many Acupuncture sessions do I need?
Our acupuncture provider will be able to provide you with a treatment plan based on your signs and symptoms. In most cases, at least 5 to 6 treatment sessions is recommended.
How many Acupuncture needles will be used?
Your treatment will generally involve only a few needles as each person will react quite differently, and it is not possible to know exactly how you will react. Initially the needles may be used to decrease pain, swelling and to improve sleep. The needles may be placed at quite a distance from the area of pain.