What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning by using very specific acupuncture points. Acupuncture is based on the concept of Qi (also Chi, Ki) – energy that moves through the body in a system of meridians. Disease is proposed to result from a disruption of this flow. The focus of Acupuncture is to restore Qi – to the flow of energy, and allow your body to fight disease and return to health. This is done by stimulating specific points on the body-most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. We use pre-sterilized, single use, stainless steel needles in our office.
According to the NIH (National Institute of Health), results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Patients typically feel nothing as most needles are inserted. The needles themselves are smaller than a strand of hair – nothing like medical needles! There are usually a few acupoints that are more sensitive, meaning the patient will feel it for a second and then it will settle down. The sessions are extremely relaxing and often patients are just on the verge of sleeping.
Conditions Treated by Acupuncture
- Sinus / Allergy Symptoms
- Headaches and Migraines
- Hormonal Complaints
- Digestive Issues
- Stress / Anxiety / Depression
- Back / Neck Pain
What is an Acupuncture Session Like?
Vanessa Huffman, DACM, LAC, LMT, RYT, holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, is a licensed acupuncturist. She will meet with each client to discuss what issues they want to improve. She will then choose acupuncture points to work on that match well for that client. The session is extremely relaxing, done on a comfortable table, in a dark room with quiet music playing. Vanessa will insert the needles, then step out and allow the patient to rest for about 20 minutes, then return to remove the needles. If we are combining acupuncture with a spinal adjustment, the adjustment is given after the acupuncture treatment.
What do I wear for an Acupuncture Session?
Loose, comfortable clothes are best. Most acupuncture points are on the arms and legs, or near the spine.
What Will I Feel After The Session?
Most patients feel very relaxed after the session, maybe even a bit groggy. Typically, they sleep better that night as well. Each session will layer onto the next, so it’s a more cumulative effect for more complex conditions.
What does Acupuncture Cost?
The cost is $100 per 60 minute session. Packages are available, Buy 5 Sessions, Get 1 Free OR Buy 8 Sessions, Get 2 Free.