What is acupuncture? How does it work?
See Acupuncture Section for a short description. Feel free to make an appointment and talk to me if you would like to learn more.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No, acupuncture needles are very thin, it takes ten to twelve acupuncture needles to fit into on conventional hypodermic needle. These hair-thin needles are gently inserted into specific points on the body. Skilled acupuncturists can place these tiny needles into the skin with very little or no discomfort to the patient.
Are acupuncture needles sterilized?
Needles are sterile and disposable, they come in sterile containers and are used once and then disposed of safely.
How can energy have a healing effect on the body?
Energy permeates all parts of the human body. If the movement of energy ceases, the vital activities of the human body will also cease. Abundant energy is the basis of good health, while weakness of energy over a long period may cause illness. It is for this reason that acupuncture is recommended as a preventative measure in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
How will I feel during the treatment?
Once the needles have been placed lie quietly and relax. In certain treatments, acupuncture can be quite relaxing and you may even fall asleep. One scientific explanation of this is the release of endorphins during acupuncture. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers.
How many treatments will I require?
The number of required treatments may vary depending on the patient and the illness. Typical treatment programs are between 5 - 10 sessions.
Can acupuncture be used along with other medical care?
Acupuncture has been used for pain control after other medical or dental procedures and for improving post-surgical healing. It has also bee beneficial in helping to lessen the side effects of some drugs including chemotherapy.
What can acupuncture do for sports injuries?
Acupuncture can be quite effective at treating sports injuries such as lower back pain, frozen shoulder, knee pain, stiff neck, and tennis elbow.
Is acupuncture covered under my insurance?
Acupuncture treatments are covered under most extended health benefits plans. Treatments can typically be claimed under “acupuncture” or “natural path”.