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 is community acupuncture?
Community style acupuncture is the practice of treating patients together in one room. This style differs from traditional acupuncture where treatment is administered in a private room setting. 122 Chiropractic utilizes the community acupuncture style approach because it makes getting treatment more accessible and affordable. Some benefits include being able to come with a friend or family member to have a shared experience, and many patients find it comforting to be treated in a group setting. Additionally, a collective energetic field becomes established in a group setting which can make individual treatments more powerful. Community acupuncture mirrors how traditional acupuncture is practiced in many Asian countries.
Rest assured, we do take everyone’s privacy and dignity into consideration. Although the space is open, your privacy is protected by room dividers, curtains, and if needed, patient gowns and coverings.
For the respect for every patient, we do ask for you to keep a few things in mind when receiving treatment to help us create a calm, relaxing and healing environment for all of our patients. To help us maintain a place of calmness and quietness in our treatment room, we ask that our patients refrain from talking in our treatment space. If you want to have a conversation pertaining to your care with Dr. Samantha, please request this during your treatment check in and not in the designated acupuncture space.
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.
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