Medical Acupuncture is an effective and simple treatment approach based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology.
Insertion of solid needles and use of electrical stimulation are the foundation of this approach. We use needles that are disposed after every use and do not contain any medication. Treatment may vary in length from 15 min to 30min. The depth of needle insertion is dependent on the target tissue.
Acupuncture needles are solid, but are much thinner than a syringe-type needle typically used for vaccinations or blood work. They also have rounded tips, so they do not cut through muscle like other needles, decreasing the pain associated with penetration.
Some may experience a deep qi feeling, which may feel like a deep ache. This is associated with increased circulation and the results are typically positive within the next 24 hours. Often, acupuncture is associated with an increase in blood flow to the whole body, which may release systems that have been restricted or stagnant prior to the treatment.
It is recommended that you eat within two hours prior to an acupuncture treatment as failure to eat may result in a vasovagal response. This is due to your blood pressure dropping suddenly associated with an increase in heart rate due to distress. The effects are short term, and there are no long term risks associated with acupuncture. However, if you have cardiovascular problems, please discuss with the clinician to determine if acupuncture is appropriate to your treatment plan.