Acupuncture is a healing technique with its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thin needles are inserted into specific points to increase blood circulation, optimize energy flow, and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. It can be used for a variety of medical concerns such as impaired digestion, sleep disturbances, and hormonal imbalances.
Acupuncture treatment is also amazingly effective for pain management and injury recovery. An individualized plan will be formulated to improve your pain points, stimulate areas that need healing and relax overworked and tight muscles.
Treatment may also include cupping therapy, another Traditional Chinese Medicine technique. Cupping is like the inverse of a massage, using suction to draw muscle upward rather than applying pressure downwards. It is used to alleviate stagnation and blockages that may present in the body as pain, tightness and stress.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most people will experience minimal to no sensation when the needles are inserted. Pain is not common; more commonly people will experience heaviness that suggests the point is activated.
How many treatments will I need?
For maximal benefit treatments should be done weekly for 4-6 weeks. Maintenance treatments may be desired after that point. Everyone is unique so you may require more or less treatments to achieve the desired goal.