Acupuncture has been known to help people manage discomfort and pain. Though many people are unsure of whether or not they should go through with treatment out of fear of needles. Or perhaps are generally unsure of how acupuncture works.
Many people know about Acupuncture as the traditional Chinese method that uses needles throughout the body but feel like they need a little bit more information. Today we are going to go through 5 questions you should ask a medical professional about acupuncture if you are unsure about receiving treatment.
What Conditions are Treated Using Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used primarily to relieve pain and irritation caused by a variety of diseases and conditions. As an example acupuncture can help with reducing nausea caused by chemotherapy or surgical anesthesia. Acupuncture has also been used in treating the following:
- Oral/Dental Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Neck Pain
- Lower Back Pain
Many people know how painful these ailments can be. Identifying if your condition can be treated by acupuncture is an important question to ask, as a proper diagnosis is necessary in order to mitigate discomfort.
Do The Needles Hurt?
This may be the #1 concern of every patient prior to their first acupuncture appointment. People ask about the pain involved with having Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin. The needles are no thicker than a human hair. Most people report feeling little to no pain when the needles are placed. Once the treatment session is over, patients tend to feel energized or relaxed. However, the needles can cause temporary soreness.
How Long Before I See Results?
This question has a varied answer depending on each individual patient. Usually it takes about 2-4 days to feel the therapeutic benefits. Though often a single session is not enough as a treatment and the majority of patients begin to feel long term results after about 3 treatment sessions while others may require as many as 6.
Normally a single treatment session per week is advised for most people in order to manage their symptoms and lessen their pain. Though depending on the amount of pain being dealt with 2 sessions per week can be managed. Based on the progression of the condition, treatment can be reduced to a single session per week. After the patient’s condition has been cleared they could decide to end acupuncture treatment.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture treatment in modern days has become an extremely safe and reliable treatment. With the use of single-use disposable needles being standard practice, the risk of infection is minimal.
There are a few exceptions, for example if you are suffering from a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinners, this can increase the risk of bleeding from the needles. Having a pacemaker can also cause complications as some acupuncture therapy involves applying a small electrical pulse through the needles which can hinder the operations of a pacemaker. Most common side effects are:
- Minor Bleeding
While current information indicates that acupuncture is safe for most pregnancies, it is generally recommended to avoid the practice during the first trimester of pregnancy.
How Should I Prepare for Acupuncture
The first thing you should do is find a reliable Acupuncture practitioner. At SOHMA Integrative Medicine in Long Beach and Lakewood CA an experienced and licensed Acupuncture practitioner will be performing the treatments that last 20 minutes on average.
Avoid drinking coffee, sodas, or energy drinks containing caffeine for at least 2 hours prior to treatment. As caffeine can cause your body to increase its fight or flight response which can make inserting the needles difficult.
Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes so the practitioner can have easy access to your arms, legs and back.
Acupuncture on its own is a natural way for the body to begin recovery, though combining Acupuncture with other treatment options can increase results.
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