Acupuncture is a type of treatment that stimulates points on the body to relieve pain in other areas. The most common method uses between five and 20 very thin, metal needles to penetrate the skin. The needles are so small that you will experience very little to no discomfort when they are placed in the skin.
After the needles are in place, your practitioner may apply electrical pulses or heat to the needles. He or she may also twirl or move them to stimulate the acupuncture points. The needles will stay in place for 10 to 20 minutes. During this time, you will have to sit or lie still (the locations where the needles are inserted may not be the same area where you are experiencing pain). Each acupuncture treatment takes around 30 minutes. You may need one or two treatments per week, with up to about eight treatments.
+ ACUPUNCTURE IS USED TO TREAT A WIDE RANGE OF CONDITIONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS OF ACUPUNCTURE:
Acupuncture is generally safe when performed by a practitioner who is well-trained and experienced. Soreness and minor bruising or bleeding may occur where the needles are inserted. If done incorrectly, acupuncture can lead to serious side effects, such as collapsed lungs, punctured organs or other injuries. When non-sterile needles are used, it can lead to serious infections. This is why it is important to visit a certified, experienced acupuncturist for your treatment.
If you are pregnant or have a bleeding disorder, let your acupuncturist know. These conditions may increase your risk of side effects from acupuncture. Also, acupuncture done by electrically stimulating the needles can interfere with a pacemaker.
If you have chronic pain or short-term pain, ask your chiropractor if acupuncture might help. Before undergoing any treatments, contact us to learn more.