How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to resist or overcome illness by correcting imbalances in the body. It also prompts the body to produce chemicals known as endorphins that decrease or eliminate painful sensations. Endorphins play a significant role in the hormonal system, which is why acupuncture is effective in treating back pain, arthritis, PMS and infertility. The substances released as a result of acupuncture relax the body, and also regulate serotonin in the brain, which affects emotional states. Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief of muscle spasms, and increased T-cell count, which supports the immune system.

How Soon Will I Start To See Changes?

This depends on what is being addressed and how long it has been present, along with your general health. Typically, short-term (acute) problems will respond within a few treatments, while longer-term (chronic) problems may take up to twelve or more treatments before consistent change occurs.

Will I Have To Get Acupuncture Forever To Keep Feeling Good?

No, but this also depends on the reason(s) you are getting treated. For acute conditions a handful of acupuncture treatments should do the job. For chronic, a maintenance schedule of some sort would be in order to keep things on track after the initial period of relief and change. Many patients feel that a “wellness visit” is beneficial and come every so often to keep things in balance.

Does It Hurt?

The needles are very tiny, thin and flexible. However, it isn’t always painless and some areas on the body are more sensitive and it may vary from person to person. Most patients say that they barely felt the needle; however everybody has a varying degree of sensitivity and fear of needles. To give you an idea of thickness you could put 30 acupuncture needles inside 1 hypodermic needle. More than anything your treatment should be deeply relaxing. I have treated very sensitive patients and am able to adjust the treatment to each individual’s needs.

Why Are The Needles Placed In My Hands And Feet If It Is My Back That Hurts?

There are many ways to practice acupuncture that involve different styles and techniques, as well as theories and many points along the body can be used to address the chief complaint. Local needles may be used but distal needling is often used to address the root, or cause of the symptom.

I Am Not Feeling Well Today, Should I Still Get A Treatment?

If you are just not feeling well, or coming down with a cold, those are great reasons to come in and get treated. Acupuncture can reduce the duration of a cold or stop it from coming on any further.