If you've never tried acupuncture before, you're probably wondering what it's like. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture doesn't hurt. Sometimes it can feel a little uncomfortable but a properly inserted needle doesn't cause pain.
How many needles will you insert?
No more than 8 needles. I try to limit my needles to 4.
How long can I expect the effects of the treatment to last?
If you have a severe, long-standing case, the effects may only last a few hours or into the following day. However, with repeated treatments, the effects will last longer. Less severe or acute conditions typically respond faster.
How many treatments will I need how often?
For a severe case, you may need 2 to 3 treatments per week for the first month. Once the treatment effects start to last longer, we can reduce the frequency of treatments.
How long is each treatment?
Treatments are typically 30 to 40 minutes long.
What can I expect to feel after an acupuncture treatment?
You should feel better: in less pain or in no pain. Some people experience a detoxification response after treatment, with symptoms such as headache and fatigue. They typically subside within 24 hours.
Would I be seated or lying down during the treatment?
In most cases, you can sit in a comfortable chair during the treatment. If I'm working directly on your spine, you can lie on your side. I often insert acupuncture needles into the ear lobe to treat body parts, so you don't need to lie down.
Does acupuncture help with other conditions besides pain?
Yes. Acupuncture works for many conditions, such as anxiety, depression, allergies, weight, hormone balance, immune system function, and more.
Are there people who should not get acupuncture?
I use electrostimulation devices during treatments. If you wear a pacemaker, we would need to ask your cardiologist if I can use the electrostim device on you during treatment.
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