Your Questions about Acupuncture Answered!
Knowledge is power! Some frequently asked questions about acupuncture, and some answers!
Does it hurt? Sensations caused by the needles vary. Some people feel a little pain as needles are inserted, but most patients feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a bit larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair. The depth of needle insertion varies depending on the area of the body to be treated. For example, a fleshier area of the body may require a different needling technique. Typically, needs are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”.
How safe is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural, drug free therapy which yields no side effects. There is little danger of infection from the needles, which are sterile, used once and then discarded. How May Treatments Will I Need?The number of treatments varies from person to person. For some, relief will be immediate; others may take months or years to achieve results. Chronic conditions often take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month of treatments to see significant change.
What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following conditions:
- Ankle pain
- Appetite control
- Bell’s palsy
- Blood pressure
- Carpal tunnel
- Chronic fatigue
- Cluster headaches
- Common cold
- Dental pain
- Digestive trouble
- Ear aches
- Emotional problems
- Eye problems
- Food allergies
- Facial palsy / tics
- Frozen shoulder
- High blood pressure
- Hot flashes
- Heel pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Jaw pain
- Joint pain
- Low back pain
- Lyme disease
- Knee pain
- Menstrual problems
- Morning sickness
- Morten’s neuroma
- Muscle pain
- Neck pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Reproductive problems
- Shoulder pain
- Sleep disturbances
- Smoke cessation
- Sore throat
- Sports injuries
- Stiff neck
- Tennis elbow
- Tooth pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Urinary tract
- Weight loss
- Wrist pain
Suffer from one or more of these issues? Acupuncture can help!
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Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints of the body. While medicine has identified over 100 different forms of arthritis, there are some symptoms that are common in every variety. These include pain, stiffness and inflammation, while extreme cases can even result in physical disfiguration. Other non-localized symptoms can include fatigue, insomnia, weight loss and fever. In most cases arthritis is limited to one part of the body, typically the hands, feet, knees, hips or any of the major joints.
While most forms of arthritis are considered non-preventable, you can lessen your risk by remaining physically active, sticking to a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight. The earlier in the arthritis process the disease is detected and treatment is started, the better the outlook.
With acupuncture treatments, improvements are a sure thing. Less pain, greater mobility and range of motion, as well as improved strength come quickly with a series of treatments. With all joint issues, a good thought to repeat is “I am flexible, and I turn for beauty”. Arthritis people benefit from meditation and reflection on these simple thoughts, as they are often diligent and attentive to their goals with too few pauses…you know, smell the roses kind of thing. All the arthritis patients I have treated have improved.
Treating Arthritis with Acupuncture
May is National Arthritis Month and there’s no better time to take action. If you suffer with arthritis, acupuncture can help.
Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three Americans (an estimated seventy million people) is affected.
For most people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of fifty show some signs of arthritis as joints degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can often be managed with acupuncture.
A headache is a pain, either acute or dull, anywhere in the head or neck area. Because headache is a blanket term for over 200 conditions that fall into multiple classifications, the symptoms (and treatment) depends on the type of headache. The severity of a headache ranges from a tightness in the neck area to an incapacitating migraine that can last several days.
A “tension headache” is the most common (and usually mildest) type of headache, and can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, bad posture or substance withdrawal, including nicotine and caffeine. As the name suggests, it is caused by increased muscle tension in the head and neck region. Also common to the headache group are those caused by stuffy sinuses. Whether it is a tension headache, or a wicked migraine, acupuncture is quickly helpful. We always look to the underlying causes as well, and thereby help to prevent any future occurrences.
The treatment is gentle, and painless (unless we treat a forehead point site – ouch – but still better than a headache…) Luckily that causes an immediate relief from the pressure there. Yippee. Next time you have a tension headache, come in and I will show you how true it is.
Migraine is a condition that is defined by a painful headache and nausea, often accompanied with an increased sensitivity to light and sound, vomiting and a pulsating sensation, which is usually only present in one side of the head. Typically, a migraine can last from a few hours to as long as three days, and approximately 75% of sufferers are female. Signs that a migraine is imminent include the Prodrome phase (typically involving mood swings, fatigue and muscle tightness) followed by the Aura phase (visible bright flashes, dizziness and loss of sensation in extremities).
Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) or tyramine (red wine, certain cheeses, smoked fish and chicken livers, among others) and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud noises and certain odors).
Migraines are treated preventatively, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! This is great news and should be more well-known, if you ask me.
We have worked with migraine patients, (classic, cluster, and variations on the theme) for the last 25 years, and our surveys have shown close to 100% improvement on virtually all the patients we have treated. The points chosen are usually on the upper back, neck, ear, abdomen, and the temple area of the head. Leg points are also relevant. Each person is evaluated individually – history and other problems (symptoms) are taken into consideration, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle.