What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a gentle and effective treatment that involves the placement of thin, sterile needles into precise points on the body. The selection of specific acupuncture points is determined by each patient’s signs and symptoms; thus, each treatment is tailored to meet individual needs. Acupuncture works by promoting your body’s natural healing process and restoring homeostasis. You can think of each acupuncture point as a signal to your body to supply resources to the area and promote healing. Clinical research has shown that acupuncture increases blood flow and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Acupuncture has great pain relieving abilities without the toxic side effects associated with many pharmaceutical interventions.
People often ask if acupuncture hurts. Typically needles are inserted into the skin with little or no discomfort. At times a patient may feel different sensations, including warmth, tingling, or a dull, achy feeling. These feelings are generally brief and subside within a few seconds. Acupuncture needles are slender and fine, and disposed of after a single-use. Patients generally find acupuncture treatments to be relaxing and rejuvenating. Often times, patients come in for a particular pain complaint, and end up not only experiecing pain reduction, but also improved digestion and sleep – and reduced stress.