ACUPUNCTURE & HOW IT WORKS
Acupuncture is a stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect. Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of your brain. These glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, which are your bodies own natural, pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. These substances that are released, not only relax your whole body, but also regulate serotonin in your brain increasing your over-all sense of well-being. The physiological effects observed throughout your body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, and muscle spasming, and an increase in T-cell counts which stimulates your immune system.
What Acupuncture Can Treat?
While some people try Acupuncture as a “last resort”, for their serious and complex medical conditions, others use it as preventative medicine, seeing their acupuncturist 2-4 times a year for a “tune-up” to help prevent disease and promote health. The most common ailments presented to an acupuncturist tend to be pain related conditions such as sciatica and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, trigeminal neuralgia, headaches/migraines, sprains, muscle spasms and shingles.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
Does It Hurt?
There is little sensitivity to the insertion of the acupuncture needles. While some people feel nothing at all, others experience a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin that can be followed by a mild cramping, tingling, numbness, traveling warmth or heaviness. The needles are left in place for 20-40 minutes, and most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting even falling asleep for the duration of the treatment. If you are sensitive to acupuncture or “needle-phobic”, I can use thinner needles. Please be sure to speak up and let me know how you are feeling.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Generally, acute problems like the muscle strain require less time and frequency of treatment. Maybe 1-2 treatments in total. Chronic or severe conditions may require several (or several dozen) treatments.
How Often Do I Need To Come In For Treatment?
It is common for treatments to be scheduled 1-2 times per week in the beginning (depending on the condition) to achieve optimal response and then once every other week.
How Deep Do The Needles Go In?
Typically needles are inserted from 1/4 inch to 1 inch in depth, depending on the condition being treated, patients size, constitution and age.
Are The Needles Big?
The needles themselves are very small, 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle.
How Long Will It Take For Treatments To Work?
A positive response to acupuncture treatments are generally seen after the first to fourth treatment.