WHat is it?
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine which includes various modalities to help the patient get back to a state of balance and wellness, harmonizing mind, body, and spirit. To do this with acupuncture, very fine hair-thin needles are inserted at specific points on the body. These needles are then left in place for around 30 minutes. Depending on where the needles are placed, they can have varying affects on the nerves, hormones, fascia, and organ systems. It is a scientific system that has been practiced and refined over centuries.
Is it safe?
Acupuncturists have hundreds of hours of training, learning the points, the medical theory of how to use them, and the anatomy of the body including nerves and blood vessels. They learn the depth and direction that the needles should be inserted in the various points so that no harm is done. Other than occasional bruising at a needle site, the only guaranteed side effect is a feeling of deep relaxation. Acupuncturists also study Western Medicine so that they can recognize serious conditions which may require referral to another type of health practitioner.
What conditions can it help with?
Acupuncture is part of a complete system of medicine. It can help with virtually any issue although in some cases, such as severe chronic arthritis, it will be more palliative than curative, assisting the person in maintaining a better quality of life and helping to prevent a worsening of symptoms. Each year, more and more research is being published on the effectiveness of acupuncture. Following are some of the most common reasons people seek this medicine out:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Migraines and other headaches
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- Irregular Menstruation
- Menopause Symptoms
What should I expect?
At your first treatment, we’ll go over your intake form which you will have filled out in advance. It’s important for us to get a full picture of your health, both in the past and how you’re feeling today. We will also likely look at your tongue and take your pulse. All of this information helps us get a picture of what your overall constitution is like and where it is out of balance. This way, we can determine both a diagnosis and a treatment plan that are designed especially for you. As the needles are inserted, you may not feel anything or you may feel just a slight pinch as they enter the skin. Once in, you might feel some warmth or tingling around them. You’ll lay comfortably for around 30 minutes with the needles in, typically achieving a state of complete and deep relaxation.
How many sessions will I need?
Unless you’ve had an acute injury, such as twisting an ankle, it probably took you a while to get to the state you’re in currently. In the same way, it will generally take several sessions to get you back to your state of balance. After that, we’ll recommend regular maintenance treatments to help everything run smoothly. Traditionally, the goal was for patients to get acupuncture when they felt well in order to stay that way!
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