Answering your questions on acupuncture
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
If you are new to Acupuncture, we understand that you might have some questions. We are confident that we have the answers to your inquiries.
Below are the answers to the questions that are most commonly asked about acupuncture treatment. Should you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.
Question: What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Answer:Benefits of acupuncture may include:
- Pain relief
- Relaxation or sedation
- Immune enhancement
- Anti-inflammatory response
- Anti-allergic response
- Psychological response
- Decrease in muscle recovery time
- Homeostasis or regulatory effect
Question: What does a treatment feel like? Does it hurt?
Answer:When the needle is inserted into the skin, you may feel a slight sensation of pain similar to a mosquito bite. There may also be a feeling of numbness, heaviness, warmth, or slight pain in the affected area. People often associate needles with pain, but acupuncture needles are NOT anything used in the hospital. Our acupuncture needles are many times smaller and are sharpened to a point making it virtually painless. With insertion of an acupuncture needle most people only feel a minor sensation but often they feel nothing at all. Once the needles are in place some may have a sensation of heaviness or pressure which will fade away within a few minutes.
Question: Are there any complications of acupuncture?
Answer: Complications may include, but are not limited to:
- Pain - discomfort is usually minimal
- Bleeding - bleeding may occur occasionally upon the removal of the needle, and is generally limited to 1 or 2 drops
- Fainting - fainting or lightheadedness may occur before, during, or after the treatment; be sure to report these symptoms to your acupuncturist immediately
- Infection - the risk of infection is very rare, as only sterile, disposable needles of high quality surgical steel are used and the area to be treated is swabbed before insertion of the needle
- Pregnancy - treatment is not recommended in the first and third trimester
- Bruising - apply ice to the affected area
- Rest and relaxation after your appointment is highly recommended.
- Drink lots of water after your acupuncture appointment and avoid strenuous exercise, caffeine and alcohol.
Question: When can I expect results? How many treatments will I need?
Answer: The number of treatments will vary with each individual and the condition being treated. Treatments usually last between 30-50 minutes. Relief may be immediate or within a few hours or a few days of treatment. Most patients notice an improvement after the first couple of treatments. If no improvement is experienced within 4-8 treatments, the overall changes expected may be minimal.
During your first visit your practitioner will ask many questions about your health history, lifestyle, previous illnesses and the medications and supplements you are taking. After acquiring the details about you main compliant (what brought you here) your acupuncture treatment will begin. Once the needles are in place, you will be allowed to rest with them for 20-30 minutes. Most people find the treatments relaxing and often fall asleep. Most sessions last for 50 - 55 minutes.
The number of acupuncture treatments required varies, depending on the nature, severity and history of the illness. The longer the body is out of balance the longer it takes to rebalance it. Acupuncture is subtle and powerful, allowing the body to heal from the inside out. In general acupuncture treatments are done on a weekly basis for a total of 6-12 sessions. For patients who are in extreme discomfort, 1 - 2 treatments weekly maybe recommended.
Question: What conditions can acupuncture be used to treat?
Answer: Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems such as muscle strains, sprains, bruising, and others. It may also be used to treat systemic difficulties. Ask your acupuncturist if you have questions regarding your specific condition.