What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient technique in which a skilled practitioner inserts hair-thin metallic needles into specific points on the body in order to prevent or treat illnesses. The needles may be manipulated by the hands or with electrical stimulation, depending on the type of treatment you are receiving. This technique is part of the holistic system of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practiced for over 2,500 years in China. Traditional Chinese Medicine views health as a constantly changing flow of energy in the body. Techniques such as Acupuncture are designed to correct imbalances in the natural flow of energy which are thought to result in disease.
What should I expect during my first visit?
During your first office visit the practitioner will discuss your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior at length with you to get the full scope of your wellness. The practitioner will want to determine what your treatments needs are exactly, and part of that is discovering if there are needs or behaviors which could contribute to the condition. You will need to inform the acupuncturist of all treatments and medications you are taking and of all medical conditions you have. It is very much like a basic appointment with your family doctor.
What does Acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. Each person seems to experience Acupuncture differently, but most feel no or very minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people find that they are energized by the treatment while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment – which is why it is very important to always seek treatment from a qualified Acupuncture practitioner. At Sixth Sense we always ensure our staff are properly trained and qualified to perform any treatments.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Relatively few complications from the use of Acupuncture have been reported to the FDA. Considering the millions of people treated with Acupuncture each year, and the number of Acupuncture needles used (remember, when we say millions of people we’re just talking about in the United States!) that is very impressive. Our practitioners always use a new set of disposable Acupuncture needles which are removed from a sealed package for each patient. They also swab treatment sites with alcohol or another disinfectant prior to inserting needles in order to minimize the risk of complications.
How does Acupuncture work?
In the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of medicine, the body is viewed as a very delicate balance of two opposing, but inseparable forces. You have likely heard of these forces, they are yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. In TCM, health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to a personal imbalance in yin and yang is prominent. TCM practitioners believe that an imbalance of yin and yang leads to a blockage of the flow of qi (vital life energy) along pathways known as meridians. There are twelve main meridians and eight secondary meridians, and there are more than 2,000 Acupuncture points on the human body which connects them.
What conditions are commonly treated with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can help treat a host of conditions! Pain from arthritis, cervical spondylopathy, knee pain, hand and foot pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, lower back and neck pain, tendonitis, pain associated with automotive accidents, whiplash, tension headaches and migraines can all be reduced with Acupuncture treatments. Other conditions which are assisted by Acupuncture are anxiety, depression, facial paralysis, insomnia, neuralgia, stroke rehabilitation and TMJ.
How much will Acupuncture cost?
Our practitioner will inform you about the estimated number of treatments needed and how much each visit will cost. The cost is generally $75 per visit plus herbs, with the exception of the first visit. Treatment may take place over a few days or for several weeks, so the total expense will vary based on your individual needs. Please contact us so we can schedule your initial appointment.
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