What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of superficially inserting very fine, sterile, disposable needles into specific points on the body in order to activate the body’s ability to heal itself. It originates from China and has been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for almost 4,000 years.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy. This energy is believed to flow through pathways called meridians in the body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, energy flow will be re-balanced and optimum health can be archived. Acupuncture has also been show to release the body’s nature pain killers(endorphins) and to regulate hormone release.
Acupuncture has become a modern drug free way to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including: back and joint pain, Sciatic Pain, Headaches / Migraines, Women’s Health Issues, Anxiety / Depression, Chronic Pain, IBS, and Insomnia / Sleep Disorders.
What to expect from a treatment
Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain or problem. During the initial intake, a registered acupuncturist will ask questions about the nature and history of your symptoms, dietary history, emotional health and perform a physical examination. Based on this information, an Acupuncturist will create an individualized treatment plan for each patient, which will include acupuncture points, as well as, dietary suggestions, and physical exercises.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little or no discomfort at all. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching, or tingling sensation around the needle. Many people say acupuncture is very relaxing and they feel energized after the treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Every person and condition is different and may have a different acupuncture treatment plan. However it is very common for a person to need 6-8 acupuncture treatments. More chronic conditions may take longer to treat than acute conditions.