What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an alternative form of treatment that has been used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. It is a minimally invasive procedure that has little to no known side effects.
Acupuncture has its origins in China, dating back several thousand years. The Chinese have used acupuncture as their primary method of treatment for all health conditions. In the United States, interest in the use of acupuncture has grown as a viable alternative to more traditional forms of therapies.
Why choose acupuncture?
Patients often seek acupuncture treatment when traditional forms of therapy have yielded limited results or have failed to help altogether. Common conditions treated may include headaches, neck pain, chronic lower back pain, sciatica, foot pain, knee pain and shoulder pain. At Nasa Chiropractic acupuncture treatment is limited to musculoskeletal complaints.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
After history and evaluation, the patient will be gowned and placed comfortably on the table. Sterile, individually sealed needles will be placed in appropriate acupuncture points. The patient may experience a brief sensation once the needle is inserted. Sensations may range from no sensation at all to a warming sensation to dull and aching to a mild sting like a quick mosquito bite. All sensations are generally tolerable. Once treatment time is concluded--approximately 30 minutes--the needles are removed and discarded.
How many sessions will it take?
The number of sessions necessary to treat any condition is largely based on how long that condition has been present. You should begin to see improvement within the first three to six treatments, with some conditions requiring twelve or more treatments. If, however, after 5-6 sessions you have experienced no change in symptoms, treatment will be modified or discontinued. Some conditions may require ongoing treatment for the purpose of pain control.
Ask your doctor if acupuncture is right for you.