What exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of a system of medicine developed, modified, and refined in Asia. Its history dates backs well over a thousand years. There are many styles of acupuncture just as there are many styles of other healthy activities such as exercise or cooking. I practice and teach traditional Chinese acupuncture. This style relies on the signs and symptoms a client is experiencing to diagnosis and treat properly. Acupuncture is used throughout the country for a wide variety of conditions including: help with pain, stress, battlefield trauma, athletes, cancer support, and children.
What does acupuncture do?
Acupuncture allows different area of the body to communicate with each other effectively. Through posture, stress, or habit the body's systems can become compromised leading to any number of health concerns. Acupuncture helps the body "balance" by facilitating natural communication. Acupuncture needles are placed in specific areas of the body which have been shown to best encourage this communication.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is surprisingly painless. Very often clients receiving acupuncture do not feel the needles entering or leaving the body. In our culture we grow up experiencing "needle" to mean "hypodermic needle" from a doctor. Those needles have to be rather large objects (about the size of pencil lead) to put fluid in or remove fluid from the body. Acupuncture needles are significantly smaller (about as thick as a cat's whisker) and much, much more gentle. I always demonstrate inserting a needle on myself for any new client.
What will I feel?
The sensation varies depending on the situation. In some situations the needles will not perceived at all. Often there is a warmth or heavy sensation near the needles. This is common when the body is relaxing and communication is being restored. It cases where muscles are tight and creating pain sometimes the will be a brief muscle twitch as the muscles resets and relaxes. Truthfully most people fall asleep during a session. It is not uncommon for me to working on someone completely asleep. (It is some of the best sleep one can get!)
Is acupuncture safe?
Because of the high level of training in the United States, acupuncture is one of safest alternative health practices year over year. A licensed acupuncturist graduates from a master's level program and passes a national exam. The areas in which acupuncture needles are placed are specifically designed to be safe with proper training.
Do I *have to* have acupuncture?
Absolutely not. I have many clients who come to see me who never receive acupuncture. There is no need to receive acupuncture if you do not wish to do so.
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