A: Acupuncture is a medical technique that frees up our body’s own internal resources for healing and self-regulation.The human body requires a smooth flow of operation to maintain health, free from physical and mental resistance in order to function optimally. By removing tension, pressure, and stress from the body surface, acupuncture can help promote healing.
Acupuncture & Endorphins
During the acupuncture needling process a signal is sent to your brain to release your body’s own feel-good chemicals called endorphins. These natural chemicals are quickly circulated and alter mood and pain perception and provide that wonderful “acupuncture feeling”. Endorphins are no stranger to our biology and are commonly released in many ways such as: vigorous exercise regimens, scent therapy, laughter, and moments of nostalgia. Additionally, on a per weight basis endorphins are said to be 20 times stronger than the effects of morphine!
Q: Is there Any Scientific Research To Support Acupuncture And Eastern Medicine?
A: Tens of thousands of studies both conducted in China and the United states support the many claims of acupuncture and eastern medicine practices. You can be confident that acupuncture works and its mechanisms have been studied extensively for safety and efficacy. For further information and a more detailed analysis into the latest evidence and research in the acupuncture field, see also: Acupuncture and Mind-Body Scientific Research.
Q: How Long Does it Take to See Results?
A: Typically progress is made in steps, not in strides. Although some individuals will see immediate improvement after just 1 treatment this is the exception and not the rule. Treatments can last from days to months, as therapeuticprogress is a unique experience for each individual.Generally speaking, many individuals experience benefit within the first 5-10 visits and it is quite common to see the condition decrease in frequency or severity, with improvements in sleep and energy levels, as well as an overall feeling of tranquility. These changes all strongly suggest that the treatments are working as intended and a health shift is occurring.
Q: How Long Do I Need to Receive Treatments For?
A: It is critical that for lasting therapeutic progress the root cause of the illness is dealt with and the condition is being properly managed. Once this is accomplished sessions are scaled back and the physician will determine proper follow-up procedure or if maintenance is a requirement.
Q: What Will My First Acupuncture Treatment Be Like?
A: An acupuncture treatment is a very new experience for most people so it is not uncommon to have a few questions of what to expect during a session. The following are a few tips that will help make your first experience a breeze.
Allow yourself to relax
Although the notion of having needles inserted for healing and relaxation is a bit counter-intuitive we promise it really does feel good to receive acupuncture. Rest assured that you will be in a soothing, safe, healing environment and your physician is going to be doing everything possible to make the process comfortable and enjoyable.
Have a bite to eat
Acupuncture is known for moving circulation which can affect your blood/glucose levels somake sure to eat something, even a little bit, prior to receiving acupuncture treatment. This will help ensure that your blood glucose levels stay balanced throughout the visit.
Wear comfortable clothing
Your attire should be something you feel comfortable in and that allows for easy access to different parts of your body. Depending on your individual treatment your acupuncturist may choose to needle areas that may require you to wear loose fitting clothing. In general, athletic clothing seems to work the best although it’s certainly not required for treatment.
Acupuncture is safe
Acupuncture is an extremely safe procedure and rest assured that you will be getting new, sealed & sterilized needles. The sensation of acupuncture is relatively pain free and virtually side-effect free. Remember to take a deep breath and enjoy the treatment. Don’t worry, what you are about to experience is perfectly safe and many find it completely enjoyable.
Q: Is There A Full List Of Conditions Of Which Acupuncture Can Help Treat?
A: The full list of conditions that can be treatable by acupuncture therapy was compiled by the World Health Organization can be seen here: Treatable Conditions
Q: Additional Questions?
A: If you have additional questions about the therapy it is highly recommended that you take advantage of our complimentary consultation. This will allow you time to speak with the physician and learn more about the procedures. Please schedule a time to Book Now.