Acupuncture is a complete medical system with a rich history that dates back over 5000 years. Modern scientific research has shown excellent results in treating all kinds of pain. This ancient medical system is not only effective for pain relief, but it is also very effective for nausea, digestive issues, hormonal imbalance, stress reduction, sleep problems, anxiety, and depression.
Both Dr. Jeff and Dr. Carin have extensive training in Acupuncture completing their Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Washington. They are both currently training under one of the top practitioners in North America, Dr. Richard Tan.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Your body is like a circuit board. In acupuncture, a combination of “switches” or acupuncture points are used to program a command that stimulates the body to self-repair. Acupuncture is beneficial for both acute and chronic conditions as well as helpful for the prevention of illness and maintenance of health.
How Often Are Acupuncture Treatments?
Most medications are taken every day. Similarly, acupuncture treatments need to be dosed regularly while symptoms are present. Initially, 3 treatments per week are typically recommended until symptoms improve. If aggravating activities cannot be discontinued or symptoms are severe, more frequent treatments may be required. In other cases, treatments may be less frequent.
What Can I Expect During an Acupuncture Treatment?
An acupuncture appointment is between 30-60min in length. The first few minutes will consist of the acupuncturist gathering information about your concerns and performing any applicable physical exams.
Acupuncture is performed most often with the patient either sitting in a chair or lying down on the exam table.
Upon insertion of the needle you may feel a prick like a mosquito bite, local heaviness and tightness or no sensation at all. Patients sit or lie down comfortably with the needles for 20-45min. Most patients find treatments to be relaxing and restful.