What is acupuncture treatment and how does it work?
Acupuncture treatments starts with a deep respect for the human body and its innate ability to heal. In traditional Chinese medicine, we see pain and disease as a disruption of the body’s natural self-regulation. Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine that uses hair-thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body that restore its proper functioning.
Does acupuncture treatment hurt? What does it feel like?
Acupuncture treatments are typically very relaxing. Acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin, so they feel nothing like getting a shot. Once a needle is set, you might feel a warmth, tingling, or heavy sensation that comes and goes during the treatment. Sensations should always be more interesting than uncomfortable! Once the needles are set (usually about 10-15 in a treatment), we’ll let you relax for 20-30 minutes. We won’t be at all surprised if you fall asleep. We take it as a compliment.
What about side effects?
Increased ability to handle stress
When performed properly by a skilled practitioner, acupuncture is one of the safest forms of health care in the world. Negative side effects are very rare and are usually limited to minor bruising or mild fatigue for up to 24 hours post-treatment. We practice Clean Needle Technique and only use single-use, sterilized needles, so infection is a non-issue.