Acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles through your skin into strategic points on various places on your body. The goal of acupuncture is to balance the flow of energy — known as qi — throughout the meridians in your body. Traditional Chinese medicine has been using this technique with great success for thousands of years. The flow of energy in our bodies can become imbalanced for a variety of reasons including disease, injury, stress, or environmental factors. The results of the imbalance can present in a variety of ways that you may not even attribute to a primary condition or incident. In addition, the process of balancing the energy throughout your body can have positive impacts far beyond your original complaint or concern. In fact, many people opt to have acupuncture treatments routinely to help keep their systems functioning optimally and to prevent problems.
Acupuncture can be used to help conditions like:
- Chronic pain
- Sciatica pain
- Fibromyalgia pain
- Migraines and headaches
- Low back pain
- Extremity pain
- Arthritis pain
Acupuncture can be used in addition to chiropractic treatment to help facilitate healing and obtain your desired results. It can also be used on its own to help a variety of conditions.
Does it hurt?
The sensation can vary from person to person with some saying it doesn’t hurt at all to some who experience much more pain. The needles are very thin but you may feel a small prick when the needle is being inserted. This is particularly common in more sensitive areas or areas with less tissue like the hands or feet. You may also feel pain or other sensations even after the needle has been inserted as the energy begins to flow through the meridian. Many people find the procedure to be very relaxing and don’t experience discomfort at all. It’s also possible to have soreness in any given point after the procedure is complete. Feel free to let the doctor know your concerns and to be open about any pain or discomfort you might be feeling.
How long does it take?
Once you’ve had an examination and the doctor has determined what needs to be treated, a session generally lasts around 30-45 minutes. Once all of the needles have been inserted they typically stay in place for 20-30 minutes.
Does it really work?
Results will vary and may be impacted by your willingness and ability to adhere to the suggested treatment plan, your lifestyle including diet, and the condition itself. Chronic conditions may take longer to treat and it is possible not to get results. However many people have had great success with acupuncture over the years for a variety of conditions.