Frequently Asked Questions
1How does acupuncture work?
Thin needles are inserted into the body via predetermined points, which evoke physiological responses that have proven to help with pain management and promote the body’s healing process. It is essentially healing from the inside out.
2Will it hurt?
Acupuncture should be painless, although each patient’s pain tolerance varies. Some may experience a slight sharp sensation depending on their sensitivity and the location of the inserted needles. However, after all the needles are inserted, an intense sense of relaxation can be felt and it becomes very difficult to even feel the needles in the body.
3How big are the needles?
Acupuncture needles can be as thin as a single human hair. They are solid stainless steel needles, pre-sterilized and disposable. Other metals may be used; however, stainless steel is by far the most widely utilized type. Acupuncture needles are single use needles and are disposed of immediately after a treatment.
4How can it help me?
Acupuncture is mostly known in the West as a pain relief technique, but also plays a huge role in preventive care, particularly as a form of stress management. The underlying cause of most of the conditions is chronic stress, which affects multiple systems in the body, including the immune and endocrine systems.
5How many sessions do I need in order to start feeling the benefits?
As with any medical case, several factors determine an individual’s response time to treatment. Upon evaluation, a more accurate analysis of treatment duration can be given.
6Can I combine acupuncture with massage, medication, exercise, etc?
You can combine acupuncture with almost anything. Nothing is going to make it less effective, and it doesn't interfere with other aspects of your lifestyle, making it a common practice for doctors to refer their patients to.
7Do you treat children?
Yes. Acupuncture is often very effective for children and teens, as well.