Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture
Chances are good that acupuncture has something to offer you. Acupuncture works on a wide range of health problems from pain conditions to digestive issues, to stress and anxiety, to insomnia and more. If you're wondering if acupuncture will work for you, contact us for a free consultation.
Acupuncture is effective for an incredibly wide range of conditions. These include chronic and acute pain conditions, digestive problems, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and allergies and more. Even if you are in great health by western medicine’s standards, acupuncture can improve your quality of life by enhancing your mood, boosting energy, and facilitating sleep.
In many cultures, acupuncture was used as primary health care for centuries, and acupuncturists were called on to treat a huge variety of health problems. During this time acupuncturists continued refining their understanding of the human body and improving their healing techniques. The medicine we practice today is a reflection of this work and is still highly dynamic in its evolution, changing and refining itself as new information and understandings emerge.
Acupuncture is a type of holistic medicine that uses tiny, near weightless needles to carefully alleviate a wide range of health issues. Originating in China more than two thousand years ago, acupuncture works by correcting the imbalances that cause disease and by stimulating your body’s natural healing mechanisms.
Specific points near or on the surface of the skin are gently stimulated. These acupuncture points have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological conditions in the body. For more information please see our article about acupuncture.
The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture. Some patients will feel “back to normal” after just a few treatment. This is especially true of more acute or recent injuries, such as minor sprains, strains, or pains. While that’s great news, experience has taught us that instantaneous relief usually requires a few more treatments for long lasting results. Our job is to help create a lasting change in your body, and this can take a number of sessions.
If you’ve been dealing with your health problem for awhile, it will typically take a few more treatments than an “acute” condition. We recommend you keep track of when your symptoms reappeared, and together we create a treatment schedule that builds on successful acupuncture sessions. You can also schedule a free consultation for a better idea of how acupuncture will work for you.
- Try to wear loose comfortable clothing as these make evaluation, and treatment easier. We always have loose pants and shirts available as well.
- Eat a light meal with in a few hours of your acupuncture session.
- Try not to have coffee or other strong stimulants shortly before your treatment.
- If possible avoid doing a vigorous work-out after an acupuncture treatment.
- Arrive 5 – 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
- Bring your calendar so that we may set up your follow-up appointment.
Our first priority will be to take plenty of time to listen to you and make sure we completely understand your current health concerns. Following our talk we will do some physical assessments, like feeling your pulse. After placing the acupuncture needles and using any other therapy called for in your case, we'll typically let you rest for about 30 minutes. After your treatment we'll discuss your treatment plan and our recommendations.