Acupuncture Treatment Information

Acupuncture Needles being inserted by Dr. Mark VanOtterloo

What is Acupuncture?

The most basic information for acupuncture treatment starts with a good definition. Acupuncture is a procedure that involves inserting thin needles into the body to promote better circulation. The main aim of acupuncture is to improve blood flow to specific areas to promote healthy tissue. Besides needle insertion, various techniques are used during treatment to enhance blood circulation, including scraping (guasha), massage (tuina), herbal poultices, moxibustion, heat therapies, and many more.

How Does Acupuncture Help with Chronic Pain or Infertility?

Research has shown that acupuncture has three primary effects when needles are inserted:

  1. It stimulates the immune system by acting as an irritant.
  2. It can mechanically open up regions in the body, allowing blood to flow more freely.
  3. Acupuncture affects the nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.

Specific needling techniques are selected to enhance these beneficial effects during an acupuncture treatment.

What is an Acupuncture Point?

The concept of acupuncture points can be a source of confusion. This uncertainty arises from issues with translating ancient texts and conflicting modern research. However, acupuncture points often correspond to clusters of neuromuscular nodes and muscular trigger points. By inserting acupuncture needles, blood circulation is increased by stimulating the immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. In our practice, we don’t solely rely on “acupuncture points,” as this approach may limit the benefits of treatment. However, this should not diminish just how valuable an acupuncture point can be in the proper context.

Do Acupuncture Treatments Hurt?

Suppose you’re wondering what an acupuncture treatment feels like. In that case, it’s important to note that many first-time patients worry that the needles will be as painful as injections at the doctor’s office. However, acupuncture is an entirely different experience. Acupuncture involves using hair-thin, flexible needles that cause only mild discomfort upon insertion. When the needles are gently stimulated, you may experience the following sensations: a massage-like ache, warmth, or numbness. Occasionally, muscles may twitch, a healing response that can catch you off guard. Most patients find acupuncture profoundly satisfying, leaving the session mentally and physically relaxed.

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Schedule a discovery call to learn more about how acupuncture could be a beneficial treatment option. We can discuss your situation and determine the potential benefits of acupuncture for your specific needs.

I’ve always been skeptical of homeopathic medicine and had never considered visiting an acupuncturist. I would always visit a doctor with any infrequent ills that I had. I’ve always suffered from allergies and was struggling a lot one particular day.

I had met acupuncturist Dr. Mark VanOtterloo through some acquaintances and his explanations regarding allergic causes and reactions were extremely clinical and pragmatic. Medications stopped working a long time ago, so after one particularly bad day I figured I had nothing to lose by making a visit.

He explained that he would need to put something like 10 acupuncture needles into my wrists and face. After the first needle went into my wrist, the stuffiness and discomfort in my sinuses receded and disappeared. He continued with the whole set of needles, after which I drove home allergy free.