What to Expect During Your Acupuncture Sessions
January 13, 2016 / Behavioral Wellness Center / 3 Comments /
You may cringe at the thought of having countless needles inserted throughout your body, but the potential benefits from acupuncture far outweigh any thoughts of pain and discomfort. Acupuncture treatments are actually pain-free and relaxing for most individuals. If you’re in search of pain relief alternatives or complement treatments to your modern Western medicine routine, acupuncture may be a great option for you. The best way to battle your fear is to get informed about what acupuncture is and what to expect during your treatment.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment used to alleviate pain associated with injuries and ailments. Acupuncture can also be used for a variety of other health conditions according to TCM practitioners. Traditional views posit that the health problems arise when an imbalance between yin and yang occurs, essential life forces of body energy known as Qi. There are around 350 known points throughout the body to access the meridians through which Qi flows. The goal of acupuncture treatment is to manipulate this energy and regain balance. Modern medicine credits the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment to the stimulation of nerves, muscles and connective tissue by needles. The result is an increase in blood flow and release of the body’s natural painkillers. Whatever way you choose to explain it, acupuncture can be a useful practice to alleviate your pain.
Your Initial Session
Seek a certified acupuncture practitioner to avoid the few risks associated with acupuncture. Your initial session will last about one hour in which your practitioner inspects various aspects of your lifestyle and condition. The number of treatments they will recommend per week and the length of treatment can be determined at this time with adjustments made according to your body’s reaction over subsequent sessions. Your following treatments will take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour with the needles being left in place for 15 to 45 minutes. Depending on your condition, you may be scheduled for one to four sessions a week.
During Your Session
Process involving three steps with respect to acupuncture needles: needle insertion, manipulation and removal. During insertion, thin needles are placed at varying depths and causing little to no discomfort. A small pinch followed by a slight tingling sensation or dull ache will be felt once the needle is in place. Next, your practitioner will manipulate the needles in order to regain balance of your body’s energy, or Qi. This can be done by gently moving the needles or by applying heat or painless electrical pulses. You may feel relaxed or energized following your treatment.
Schedule Your Appointment
Get in touch with the Behavioral Wellness Center team to learn more about acupuncture benefits or to start your acupuncture sessions today. Our practitioners are certified in TCM practices and can help you find pain relief from your injuries or medical condition.