Q: What is Acupuncture?
A: The Chinese practice of acupuncture, which goes back over three thousand years, involves inserting hair-thin surgical steel needles into selected acupuncture points in the body. According to ancient tradition, health is achieved through the harmonious balance between the opposing forces of yin (spirit) and yang (blood). The attraction between them creates an energy known as qu (pronounced “chee”), which flows to all parts of the body through channels called meridians, pathways that run along the surface of the body and branch into the body’s interior. Any imbalance in those forces is believed to cause illness, so when needles are placed at prescribed spots along the meridians, balance- therefore, health is restored.
Q: Are there any dangers?
A: As with any medical procedure, acupuncture is not risk-free, but problems are relatively uncommon. The biggest concern – although rare – is infection. Here at Accurate Care Pain Relief Center ONLY sterilized, disposable surgical needles are used.
Q: What to expect?
A: The doctor will dab some rubbing alcohol on each point where the needle – as fine as a strand of hair – will be inserted. The number of needles and their length, as well as the depth they are inserted vary depending upon the assessment of your condition. The needles are then inserted about one inch into the acupuncture points.
While many people say they barely feel anything, some describe a slight tingling or a sensation resembling a mild electric shock. Others have reported a vague tugging or aching feeling that usually lasts no longer than a few minutes. A sense of fullness and heaviness in the muscles or limbs is also common. There may be minor bleeding from the needle prick.
The needles are usually left in place between 15 and 60 minutes, and the doctor may twirl them to enhance stimulation of the acupuncture points.
To book an acupuncture appointment today, please contact our office.