Acupuncture treats a wide variety ailments. Below are some common reasons people get acupuncture. For a report from the WHO on conditions that were improved with acupuncture, click here.
- Anti-aging & longevity
- Colds, flu, cough, respiratory conditions.
- Constipation & digestive issues
- Depression, anxiety, and mental health
- Headaches & migraines
- Infertility & pregnancy care
- Menopausal symptoms
- Numbness, peripheral neuropathy
- Pain of any kind
- PMS, painful periods, and irregular periods
- Skin disease & wounds
- Sports injuries & athletic performance
- Stroke recovery & neurological issues
- Traumatic injury & surgery recovery
- Weight loss
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a physical medicine that boosts the body’s natural healing abilities. It balances the nervous system and improves function in specific muscles, vessel groups, and organs. Acu-points are like control panel switches that help the body send pain-relieving neurochemicals and endorphins to certain areas. In fact, MRIs have shown that the brain connects specific body parts with specific acu-points. Acupuncture also regulates gasotransmitters, such as Nitric Oxide, which can cause pain and dysfunction when imbalanced.
I've heard of Dry needling -- is this the same as acupuncture?
Yes. Dry needling (aka trigger point needling) is a form of acupuncture that releases muscles. Licensed acupuncturists are trained in multiple needling methods, as well as additional modalities that target trigger points and muscle pain, such as cupping (myofascial decompression) and gua sha (Graston technique).
WHAT should I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?
Your first visit is a consult to share your top concerns and set goals. We take a health history, do a tongue and pulse diagnosis, and do physical evaluations if needed. We will then recommend a treatment plan if we think we can help you. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes early for paperwork, and bring your current medication list. If you wish, you can print and complete intake forms ahead of time.
Once you're an established patient, an acupuncture visit is around 45 minutes. Loose fitting clothing is ideal for easy access to acupuncture points on the arms and legs; however, we provide gowns and drape sheets if needed. Have a light snack beforehand to avoid being treated on an empty stomach. This gives your body the energy it needs to maximize treatment potential.
CAN I GET A MASSAGE OR PHYSICAL THERAPY ON THE SAME DAY?
Do not schedule a massage, physical therapy, or other major body treatment on the same day as your first treatment. We want to see how your body responds to acupuncture without other therapies involved. Also, multiple therapies on the same day can be overwhelming to the body if you are experiencing acupuncture for the first time. Once your body is accustomed to acupuncture, you may incorporate other treatments on the same day if your acupuncturist gives you the go-ahead.
How long does it take to see results?
This depends on how serious the condition is, how long it's been going on, and the age and health of the person. Some people respond quickly, and others take more time. We recommend frequent visits at the beginning of care to build momentum and optimize treatment potential. Your acupuncturist will recommend a plan specific to your body's needs and your goals. Once stabilized, tapering to maintenance treatments (every 1-2 months) is recommended.