The practice of acupuncture originated in China about 2500 years ago. It is based on the belief that one’s health is determined by the pattern of energy or Qi flowing throughout the body. By this theory, disease and ill health are caused by disruptions to this flow.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be used to help treat the nausea and vomiting that result from chemotherapy. It can also be used to treat pain after dental surgery. In addition, acupuncture has been used to help manage addiction, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, low back pain, menstrual pain, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, and tennis elbow.
What Happens during Acupuncture?
During the consultation, our medical team will examine and evaluate you. Your health, medical history, lifestyle, and other factors will be discussed in order to get an accurate representation of how this treatment can be the most beneficial to you.
Throughout the acupuncture treatment, thin needles will be inserted into different parts of the body at various lengths. You will be told prior to treatment where the needles will go and if you need to take off any clothing. If necessary, a gown, towel, or sheet will be issued to you to keep you decently covered and comfortable. You will then lie down on a padded table to begin treatment.
During a typical session, 5 to 20 needles are used, depending on the problem being treated. The needles may not be placed at the site of the pain, but some distance away, since the pain is believed to be caused by disruptions in the body’s Qi. As the needles are very thin, they tend to cause little discomfort. The patient may feel an ache as the needle approaches the correct depth. Our medical team has been extensively trained and certified in performed acupuncture, ensuring that your safety is guaranteed.
After inserting the needles into the patient, mild heat or tiny electrical impulses may be applied to the needles, or they may be gently twirled or manipulated to stimulate the area. The needles are typically left in place for about 10 to 20 minutes, and their removal generally does not hurt.
A typical acupuncture session takes about 30 minutes. Most practitioners ask their patients to come in twice a week. A typical complaint requires six to eight sessions to complete treatment.
What Does it Do?
Many people feel relaxed or energized after an acupuncture session. However, not everybody responds to it. If your particular symptoms do not improve after a few sessions, another treatment alternative may be suggested for you. Acupuncture has few side effects, so it is worth considering if other methods of pain relief aren’t working.
Schedule Your Consultation
At Knox Wellness, we offer alternative therapies to help heal your body naturally. We take a naturopathic approach to health and wellness, and we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Contact Knox Wellness today to schedule your consultation.