Acupuncture is a medical practice originating in China. Acupuncture employs small needles to influence the energy of an organism. It is believed that when the body is sick, it is caused by an imbalance in energy or a block in the flow of energy. Acupuncture can restore the balance of energy and remove the blockage. This energy is referred to as Qi.
Frequently asked Questions
1) What can I expect on my first Acupuncture visit?
You will receive a traditional medical consultation prior to your first acupuncture session. This will help customize the treatment for you.
2) Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very small in size, usually no thicker than a strand of hair. The needles used for acupuncture are different from typical hypodermic needles in many ways. They are round tipped instead of pointed; therefore, they splay the tissue apart rather than pierce through it. Acupuncture needles are solid, not hollow. Acupuncture needles consist of two metals wrapped around each other. This creates a local current with the body when the needles are placed in the skin. The twinge from an acupuncture needle is minor and usually well- tolerated.
3) What are some benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. At our facility, we treat mostly musculoskeletal conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder disorders
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
However the use of acupuncture as a therapeutic modality is far and wide. It has been shown to help: :
- Treat nausea and vomiting
- Help control stress
- Promote relaxation.
Acupuncture has also been shown to stimulate the body's production of endorphins and other neurotransmitters.
4) What should I avoid after my acupuncture session?
After an acupuncture treatment it is best to relax. Avoiding alcohol, intense physical activity, heavy deep fried foods, and sexual activity the day of the acupuncture session help the body adapt to the input of energy from the acupuncture session.