Acupuncture is an Eastern medical tradition that uses very thin, small needles to promote healing in the body. Needles are inserted at very precise acupuncture points and a gentle stimulation is then applied. Most people are surprised how little they feel when the needle is being inserted into these points.
How Acupuncture Works
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the relief of pain by stimulating the nervous system to release neurochemicals that change the body’s perception of pain. It also encourages healing of tissue by stimulating the release of chemicals that improve the body’s natural healing abilities. In the Chinese frame of reference the needles that are placed work to restore a balance in the channels of energy that influence all of the body’s processes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Would I benefit from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used for a wide variety of problems. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of digestive disorders (spastic colon, hyperacidity), menstrual disorders (pelvic pain), respiratory disorders (sinusitis and bronchitis), nerve problems (headaches and facial tics), and muscular problems (neck pain, back pain, tennis elbow, arthritis).
What are the side effects?
Acupuncture has little side effects. Occasionally symptoms may worsen for a few days, but then they begin to get better. The needles used are sterile and prepackaged that are discarded once the procedure is done. Patients feel only a minimal sensation once the needle is inserted, and once the needle is in place they feel no pain at all.
How many visits will I need?
Usually, it depends upon how long the problem has been a difficulty. It takes three or four visits on average to make an impact on the problem, but it may take up to six visits if the problem is chronic and has been occurring for years.
What happens at the initial visit?
At the initial visit, Dr. Truty will asses your problem and outline a personalized treatment plan which includes the estimated number of visits it will take to make a significant impact on your problem.