FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q1. What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an eastern form of medicine. The overall goal of acupuncture is to reduce pain while increasing blood flow and stimulating muscles and nerves throughout the body.
Q2. Does Acupuncture hurt? What if i am afraid of needles?
You will more than likely not feel majority of the needles. First, you will feel the plastic guide tube that holds the needle. Normal sensations after the needle is inserted are: tingling, heaviness, energy, sensations in other parts of the body, and temperature changes (feeling warm or cooler). Most needles are very thin and painless, if you are quite nervous, we will do our best to ensure you feel safe and comfortable. Most patients find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing, many even fall asleep.
Q3. What illnesses are treated using Acupuncture?
Both acute and chronic illnesses can be treated with acupuncture. Because everyone responds differently, the number of treatment sessions can vary for each individual. According to the World Health Organization, it can treat the following:
- low back pain
- neck pain
- tennis elbow
- knee pain
- shoulder pain
- facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- dental pain
- tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
- rheumatoid arthritis
- induction of labor
- correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
- morning sickness
- nausea and vomiting
- postoperative pain
- blood pressure problems
- primary hypotension
- adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
- allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
- depression and axiety
- acute bacillary dysentery
- primary dysmenorrhea (menstrual)
- digestive problems
- peptic ulcer
- acute and chronic gastritis
Q4. How many sessions are needed for Acupuncture to be effective?
Typically, the longer the patient has the condition, the longer the course of treatment before they experience substantial or lasting results. Acupuncture can be done as often as five times a week, or as little as once a month.
Q5. What should i expect before, during, and after treatment?
Before: You should eat something before coming in. Come dressed in loose or comfortable clothing, more than likely we will need to access from elbows and knees down and/or the stomach area. So, please wear pants that can be raised or come in shorts. Please arrive 10-20 minutes prior to fill paperwork out. We will have paperwork waiting for you in the lobby.
During: You will more than likely not feel a majority of the needles. If you do a feel a needle, it will be for just a few seconds. Needles can be readjusted if you feel pain. After needles are inserted you can feel: warmth, tingling, itchy, movement, pulsations, or sensations in other parts of the body.
After: You will feel quite relaxed and possibly sleepy. Also, you may have some bruising, soreness, and tingling.