What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin along pathways, or meridians, that run through your body. Traditional Chinese Medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force that is believed to flow through (meridians) in your body.
Acupuncture is commonly associated with the treatment of neck and back pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, seasonal allergies, anxiety, and stress management. Many other conditions respond very favorably to acupuncture as well!
Wondering what to expect at your acupuncture session? There are points all over the body and sometimes important points may even be far from your pain complaint. Majority of points will be located on your feet, lower leg, hands, and ears, in addition to where you may be experiencing pain. Depending on your own personalized treatment, we may have you lay face up or lay face down. It may be helpful to wear loose fitting clothing for your session.
What does acupuncture feel like?
We recognize that many people are fearful of needles. Rest assured the needles used for acupuncture are very thin and you hardly even notice them during treatment. They are much smaller and less intimidating than those commonly used for other medical treatments. Anywhere from five to 25 needles may be used during a treatment session, which is typical. At times, the most you will feel is a buzz if the qi (chi) is reached, but mostly, not much at all! The needles will remain in place for 20 minutes so all you have to do is sit back and relax!
Often times, people will leave their acupuncture session feeling very relaxed while others feel very energized and refreshed. Treatment plans may vary vastly depending on what you are seeking treatment for.
Is there anything else to know before starting acupuncture?
The other great thing about acupuncture is that it is an extremely low risk healthcare option! Single-use, disposable needles only are used at 122 Chiropractic so risk of infection is extremely minimal. We do ask that you inform us before beginning acupuncture treatment with us if any of the following pertain to you: if you have a bleeding disorder, currently on blood thinner medications, or if you are pregnant.
Acupuncture for the treatment of allergies, such as Alpha-Gal Syndrome
There is a widely known treatment for those unable to eat beef, pork, or dairy after developing Alpha-Gal Syndrome from a tick bite. It is known as the Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT). Dr. Samantha has been trained and certified in the SAAT and we now offer limited appointments for the treatment of Alpha-Gal and the resulting inability to eat a variety of foods. SAAT appointments are not available for request online. Please call the office to inquire regarding SAAT treatments.
Established patients are eligible to use our online appointment request feature. Just click the link below, request a time, and you will receive confirmation as soon as our office confirms availability!