Are acupuncture needs safe?
Here at Neighborhood Chiropractic and Acupuncture, all our practitioners use needles that are pre-sterilized, pre-packaged, and disposable. Each needle is used only one time and then deposited into a container to ensure safe disposal.
How does acupuncture work?
According to Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture works primarily by promoting the free movement of blood and energy in the body, the stagnation of which causes pain and/or illness. Western scientific research has shown that acupuncture causes the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. However, acupuncture is used for many conditions besides pain. More recent research has shown that the stimulation of certain acupuncture points can activate specific regions of the brain, which then allows regulation of other systems in the body through modulation of molecules such as neurotransmitters and hormones. In general, scientific research has shown that acupuncture can modulate all the primary systems in the body, including the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are much thinner than the needles used to give injections. The needles are so thin that many patients feel only a mild sensation or sometimes nothing at all. The amount of sensation depends on the location of the point and individual sensitivity levels. It is generally a pleasant experience for most people, even those who dislike needles.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required is determined by the patient’s complaint, the underlying health of the patient, and how the patient responds to treatment. For many complaints, especially acute conditions, several treatments per week for the first 2 – 4 weeks are usually recommended. This allows the treatments to have a cumulative effect. After this intensive period, treatments are usually given weekly. Treatment duration can range from a couple of weeks to six months. Some patients continue treatment on a monthly basis to prevent illness, which is in keeping with one of the basic philosophies of Chinese medicine–prevention is better than cure.