About Acupuncture

What does Acupuncture do?

Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese medical practice of stimulating specific points on the body with needles in order to jump start the healing process. When the needles are inserted, a physiological response occurs, and the blockages along energetic pathways (or meridians) which are causing imbalance and illness begin to unblock. This allows for the smooth flow of energy and healing to occur, while balance and wellness are promoted within the body. One of the main things acupuncture can do for the body is to stimulate the autonomic nervous system, allowing for the release of endorphins which act as natural pain killers and anti-inflammatories. Therefore, people with chronic pain and illness often experience feelings of euphoria, intense relaxation and a general sense of well-being during and after their treatments. Acupuncture is giving your body the ability to heal itself without medications or invasive procedures. It is gentle, relaxing, and the most looked forward to time of day for many.

What happens during a session?

The first thing that will happen is I will go over your health history, examine your tongue and pulse which act as a roadmap of the inner workings of the body, and I may do a physical exam depending on the nature of the condition you’re coming in for. Based off of my findings, I will put together a treatment plan tailored to you, followed by your first acupuncture session. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained around 30 minutes, where you are encouraged to relax, listen to the music, and let the stresses of your day go.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

You may feel a slight pinch, ache or a tingling sensation upon insertion of the needle but that’s it! Once the needles are in, you should feel no discomfort or pain, and will slowly begin to drift into what many refer to as their “acu-sleep.”

What can it treat?

The bigger question is what CAN’T acupuncture treat? Here’s a list of the top conditions I see in my practice:

    • Pain
    • Stress
    • Insomnia
    • Allergies
    • Gynecological issues
    • Morning sickness
    • Infertility
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Respiratory issues
    • Side effects of chemo
    • Addictions
    • Bells Palsy
    • Autoimmune issues
    • Migraines
    • Dental pain
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
    • Post surgical healing
    • TMJ
    • Immune boosting

The list goes on and on!

Side Effects
    • A temporary worsening of symptoms- Most people notice an improvement after their first session, but on occasion some may feel worse before they start to feel better. Don’t get discouraged! This is better known as a healing crisis and will pass shortly.
    • Fatigue- Healing takes energy, so on occasion after the initial treatment you may feel a dip in energy. This is normal and a good sign that your body is starting to respond to acupuncture.
    • Soreness or bruising at the site of the needles
    • Light headed- Think of how you feel after a massage! That floating feeling is typical after an acupuncture session.
    • Emotional release- Acupuncture not only unblocks the physical stagnation in the body, but it releases emotional blocks as well. If you find yourself weepy or with heightened emotions after your treatment, don’t fret! This is normal and part of the healing process.

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