“Acupuncture has substantially lower incidence of adverse side effects than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.” National Institutes of Health, 1997
Acupuncture’s “effective rate in the treatment of chronic pain is comparable with that of morphine.” World Health Organization, 2002, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials
Acupuncture is one of the oldest natural healing therapies in the world with estimates of its use ranging from 2000 to 5000 years ago. Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine filament needles into the body to promote healing through stimulation of nerve, muscles and connective tissue points, by causing increases in blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers. Filament needles bear no resemblance to painful hypodermic needles, and insertion is virtually painless. Brief needling sensations vary from a pinching or stinging sensation to a feeling of numbness or distention and are a sign that treatment is having a positive effect. Most people find acupuncture treatments relaxing and refreshing.
Acupuncture is used not only in pain control, but also to promote health, prevent illness, and treat various health conditions. (see below)
Acupuncture promotes pain control without the many adverse effects of pain medications. It is a natural, drug-free, effective pain relief option supported by data from controlled clinic trials.
Acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of pain associated with the following (and many other) conditions:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Dysmenorrhea (Period Pain)
- Frozen Shoulder
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Menstrual Cramps
- Neck Pain
- Planter Fasciitis
- Postoperative Pain
- Prolapsed Disc
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Sinus Pressure/Pain
- Sports Injury
- Tennis Elbow
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Blood Pressure High/Low
- IBS/Crohn’s Disease
- Hormone Balance
- Irregular Periods
- Memory/Mental Function
- Weight Loss/Gain
Does it Hurt?
Pain sensitivities vary widely with each individual. We strive to find optimal balance between body function improvement and needle sensitivity. Most people who have had acupuncture would describe it as virtually painless or far less painful than plucking out a hair. The sensations that follow range from nothing at all, to mild tingling, to slight numbness/achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of insertion. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed. The needles used for acupuncture are much smaller than the standard hypodermic needle, do not draw blood, and are solid not hollow.
Some people respond to stronger acupuncture stimulation to release their musculo-skeletal tension/pain. This can cause a stronger pain response, but this approach is only done when the patient.
What is Treatment Like?
Most patients would say, “relaxing.” Usually patients leave in less discomfort and are more functional than when they walked in. Sometimes the effects are too subtle to perceive, especially in the beginning of treatment. Yet after 5 to 10 treatments the improvements become more and more apparent.
How Many Sessions Will it Take?
Most patients experience noticeable changes in their body dysfunction within 8 treatments. Ideally, this would mean 2 treatments a week for 4 weeks. The number of treatments needed in total depends on the way the patient responds to treatment and the willingness of the patient to comply with treatment plans.
Acute conditions usually only need one course of 8 treatments or less. Chronic conditions usually take longer and may need multiple courses of treatment.
It is important to recognize each individual treatment is important and powerful for restoring your health; it is the accumulative layering effect of sequential treatments that most strong promotes and sustains the healing response.