Acupuncture is a form of treatment that inserts very tiny needles through the skin at strategic points and various depths. When performed correctly, it is extremely safe with very few side effects. It can effectively be combined with other treatments to help control and manage pain. While an excellent natural alternative for anyone, it is especially useful for clients who aren’t able to take pain medications.
Acupuncture points are places where muscle, nerves and connective tissue can be worked on. The needle connects with nerves at these points and the nerves send signals to the brain, which then releases neutral hormones and endorphins. The stimulation triggers activation of the body’s natural pain reflexes while increasing blood flow to areas that need to most.
You will not need to do any special preparation before your acupuncture appointment. At the beginning of your session, your trained acupuncturist will examine you and ask about your physical ailments, medical history and personal goals for all treatments. They will assess your symptoms and offer you information on self-care and other complementary therapies.
Depending on the area that needs treatment, they will ask you to lie on your back, front, or side. Your therapist will use single-use, disposable needles that are very small in size. These needles are regulated medical devices and for use only by your licensed practitioner. When they insert the needles, there may be a brief tingling sensation, but not to worry, acupuncture is relatively painless.
The needles will be left in for an amount of time determined by your therapist, generally, somewhere between 5 to 30 minutes while you lie still and relax. There may be a dull ache at the base of the needle, but it will subside. For more intensive treatments, the needles may get stimulated by movement, with heat or electricity after insertion. There is usually no discomfort when they remove the needles.
There are different reactions to how you will feel after your treatment. Some people feel relaxed and some feel energized, but in all cases, symptoms should begin to improve over time.
The number of treatments needed depends on your bodily needs and your goals for healing. A person with a more severe or chronic condition may need one to two sessions a week over several months, but an acute problem generally improves in about 8 to 12 sessions.
Here at our Beaumont acupuncture clinic, our highly trained staff will help create the ideal plan for your healing. Acupuncture could be an excellent pairing for your treatments and well-being goals. We’re here to assist you as your partner in figuring out if acupuncture may be the correct path for you! Give us a call today to book your appointment!