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Understanding Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a 3000-year-old technique that was initially used in traditional Chinese medicine to heal various issues. The US National Institute of Health was the first document that verified the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture, ensuring that it can help treat several conditions. Today, acupuncture is a common practice that is even covered by insurance policies, as it is used to help relieve pain. 


How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is designed to help improve your body's overall function while promoting a natural healing process. Set in place using specific acupuncture points, that stimulate a reaction. One of the most commonly practised ways of acupuncture is by inserting fine needles into your skin. The pressure these small pricks create infuse heat or stimulation that carries on in your body, creating a healing impact that helps you achieve the results you desire. Another known way to practice acupuncture is through manual massage, heat therapy, cupping, or topical herbal medicines. 


What To Expect During An Acupuncture Treatment

Your acupuncturist will start with your history, taking in all the essential points that may or may not have added to your current issues. Only by taking in your entire account are they able to ensure a safe and effective acupuncture session. 


After taking your history, they may or may not order a few tests or start a physical exam to determine various factors. Using their knowledge and experience, they assess your current condition and form a plan to ensure effective and efficient healing. 


The plan is discussed with the patient and starts by you laying on the treatment table. Depending on the treatment plan, and the area of focus the acupuncture will begin, offering you a relaxing treatment that may or may not includes the use of various tools and techniques. Again, every individual case is unique and requires a set flow to ensure healing. 


Required Treatment Session

Once again, the number of acupuncture sessions required is based on the individual in question and his/her condition. If you suffer from long-standing chronic pain, then you will need at least one or two treatments every week for a few months. However, if you are dealing with acute issues, you will only be required to come in once or twice a month and may not exceed ten sessions. 


To get an exact number, we suggest you talk to the acupuncturist and get a clear sense of how long it will take to feel a difference, or for the entire process. Keep in mind that the sessions might exceed or decrease depending on how your body reacts to the treatment. 


Choosing The Right Acupuncturist

When it comes to choosing the right acupuncturist, you must choose someone who carries knowledge and experience. Someone who understands the issues you have been dealing with, and still takes time to explain the pain and distress it causes you; and how it may or may not travel through your body. Keep in mind the acupuncturist you choose must enable an open conversation, as that ensures effective healing.



Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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