Acupuncture is a healing method used in many countries for the management or treatment of various diseases. Within the body is a flow of vital energy which runs along meridians or pathways as well as on the surface of the skin. When this energy becomes disrupted or stagnates it can lead to imbalances in the body and eventually cause illness or disease. Acupuncturists use very thin single use filiform needles inserted into acupuncture points to correct the flow of energy and meridians. By correcting or redirecting the flow of disrupted energy acupuncture signals the body to begin healing itself.
Because acupuncture needs are single use filiform needles most patients experience little to no discomfort while receiving an acupuncture treatment. Unlike hypodermic needles, which are larger and hollow, acupuncture needles leave as mall insertion site thus causing less pain. The level of discomfort also depends on the sensitivity of the patient and may also depend on the patient’s condition. Patients who do experience sensation with insertion report feelings of pinching, heaviness, buzzing, electricity, or tingling at the insertion site which is quickly relieved after manipulation of the needle.
Preparationfor your acupuncture treatment:
To prepare for every acupuncture treatment arrive in comfortable loose clothing prepared with any questions or concerns you may have for your practitioner.Upon arrival you will get acquainted with you practitioner and the clinic space. The initial treatment will consist of an interview and possibly a short treatment that takes a total of 1.5 hours. During the initial treatment and consultation the practitioner will be getting all relevant history about your current concern in order to provide the best care for you as a unique individual.
After the initial consultation appointments will range from 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your preference and availability. The practitioner will take a shorter intake discussing any changes in primary concern and how you felt in the time between treatments. Your treatment will consist of insertion of acupuncture needles and any other adjunctive therapies appropriate for that day.
After treatment many patients feel immediate results while others may take some time to experience changes. Many patients leave feeling relaxed and some patients may even feel tired as their body works to heal itself.
Following every acupuncture treatment it is recommended to avoid extreme temperatures changes,sexual activity, bathing, and strenuous activity for about 4 hours following treatment. If possible continue caring for your body by resting and consuming healthy, nourishing foods.
The day following your initial treatment your practitioner will call you to check in and see how your body responded to the treatment and answer any other questions you have before your next treatment.
What conditions can acupuncture help?
- Digestive Disorders
- Sleep Disorders and Insomnia
- Mood Imbalances
- Physical Pain (Acute and Chronic)
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Menstrual Cramps
- Weak Immune System
And much more!
Call us today to see if acupuncture can help you.