Acupuncture offers many benefits. However, if you are unfamiliar with this time-tested treatment, the idea that people actually embrace being stuck with a series of needles might seem a little strange to you. Don’t worry. At Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we would be happy to help you learn more about this excellent wellness tool. To discover more about acupuncture treatment, please review our list of acupuncture FAQs.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years to promote general wellness and healing. During treatment, needles are placed in specific points. This stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
What are acupuncture needles like?
Sterile and incredibly thin, acupuncture needles come in varying lengths and sizes; the specifics of the needles utilized in your treatment depend on your condition and which acupuncture points are targeted.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and are typically inserted just one to three millimeters into the body. While they are being placed, some people feel nothing. Others report minimal discomfort. During treatment, you may feel nothing at all. Alternately, you may experience sensations like warmth or tingling as the energy balances out.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends. The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient. Factors that influence how many treatments are required include the condition being treated, its severity and duration, your overall health, and your personal health goals.
Determining how many acupuncture treatments you will need begins with an initial consultation with Dr. Steven Loehr or Dr. Steven Baca, our acupuncturists. After this consultation, you will receive a Report of Findings. This provides an opportunity to discuss what your doctor has found based upon your exam, health history, and any additional information presented. The Report of Findings also includes the number of acupuncture treatments suggested by the doctor for your unique situation.
As a general rule, many patients notice that the symptoms of their condition begin to improve within three to ten treatments. While the symptoms may decrease during your first few appointments, additional visits may be necessary to alleviate the cause of the condition.
How long will the treatment last?
Everyone responds differently to acupuncture, so the exact timing depends on your body’s needs. The insertion of the needles typically happens fairly quickly. Once the needles are in place, you can simply relax while they draw in energy. After 10 to 60 minutes, the needles are removed.
Acupuncture points can be found on both the front and back of the body. If points on your front are being targeted, you will be asked to rest on your back. When needles are inserted in the back, you will be asked to lie on your stomach. Sometimes only one side of the body is treated. On occasions when both the front and back are to be treated, there will be two rounds of treatment.
Will any other techniques be part of my acupuncture treatment plan?
Acupuncture is simply one facet of the total care offered at Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture. Your doctor will discuss any additional recommended services during your Report of Findings visit. Their suggestions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Do you have a question about acupuncture that we didn’t answer in our list of acupuncture FAQs? You’re welcome to email us your query. Are you ready to experience acupuncture’s benefits for yourself? Contact Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture today to schedule your appointment.