MEDICAL ACUPUNTURE FAQ
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can help alleviate pain or help treat various illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions such as respiratory ailments, digestive conditions, neurological conditions, muscular conditions and post chemotherapy conditions.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
People experience Acupuncture differently. Acupuncture needles are very thin and are made from stainless steel. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle, such as those for drawing blood. Most patients feel only minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted; some feel no discomfort at all.
How many Acupuncture treatments will I need?
The number of acupuncture treatments varies by person. For complex or chronic conditions, one or two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, fewer visits may be required. For health maintenance, four sessions a year may be all that is necessary.
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. It is common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These subside within a short time and do not require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.Occasionally, the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work.
What is Group Acupuncture?
Treatments are performed in comfortable chairs with several people in the same room. Group treatments are a great way to maintain health while keeping the costs down. Group sessions are best for those with musculoskeletal injuries, but all conditions may be treated. Acupuncture is only performed along the lower arms and legs, head, ears, feet and shoulders. Patients can expect to sit for 30-45 minutes during the treatment and are welcome to bring headphones to listen to music. Wearing loose fitting clothing so the doctor can easily access acupuncture points is recommended. Private treatments are available for those with complex problems, conditions with emotional aspects of conditions of a private nature.