How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s self-healing mechanism via the peripheral nervous system, central nervous system, and blood vessels. When acupuncture is applied the a nerve cascade begins which assists the nerves to rehabilitate themselves. Proprioceptive nerves begin to heal, and the area of pain goes from a big undefined area to a smaller more defined place. Sensory nerves begin to heal and pain decreases. Motor nerves begin to heal and function improves. As the nerves begin to heal, blood circulation is stimulated and restored.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
For the most part treatment is painless and effortless. Sometimes you may feel a pinch or a sensation with needle insertion. Most often you will feel the body’s reaction to the needle. The most common sensations are: no feeling; a dull ache; a pleasant feeling of circulation or nerve conduction. Over the years I have developed and incorporated countless ways to provide painless treatments.
Does Acupuncture Work?
Yes, it works! The only way it does not work is if there are obstructions in the body. For example, if a vertebral misalignment or disk problem is causing a spinal nerve to be pressed and continually irritated, the relief from acupuncture will last only a few minutes or hours. Other factors that inhibit the efficacy of treatment are extremely unhealthy eating, lack of rest, or refusal to make necessary changes in one’s life. If a person is weak or unhealthy it may take a longer time to heal.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
It is hard to predict how many treatments someone needs. Be diligent in receiving and you will get better. Focus on the process of receiving treatments and also doing what it takes to heal yourself. For pain a good guideline is to receive more treatment before the pain returns. For example if your pain is 7 on a scale of 1-10 when you start treatment we will most likely reduce the pain to a 0, 1, or 2 with the first treatment. It is best to receive more treatment before the pain returns to a 7. If you return in a timely manner we can make sure the pain does not increase again. After your pain is gone it is best to have a few more treatments to reinforce the effects and eradicate the pain for good. Sometimes one treatment is enough to get rid of the pain. The more chronic and severe the pain or disorder is, the more time and a greater number of treatments will be necessary.