Acupuncture Treatment Information
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 in order to support healing. 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 many more.
How Does Acupuncture Help with Chronic Pain or Infertility?
Research has shown that acupuncture has three primary effects when needles are inserted. Firstly, it stimulates the immune system by acting as an irritant. Secondly, it can mechanically open up regions in the body, allowing blood to flow more freely. Lastly, acupuncture affects the nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. Specific needling techniques can be employed to enhance each of these beneficial effects during 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 through stimulation of the immune system, endocrine system, and nervous system. In our practice, we don’t solely rely on “acupuncture points” as this approach may limit the benefits of treatment.
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Do Acupuncture Treatments Hurt?
If you’re wondering what an acupuncture treatment feels like, 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, this is not the case. Acupuncture involves the use of hair-thin, flexible needles that cause only mild discomfort upon insertion. When the needles are gently stimulated, you may experience sensations such as a massage-like ache, warmth, or numbness. Occasionally, muscles may twitch, which is a healing response although it can catch you off guard. Most patients find acupuncture deeply satisfying and leave the session feeling mentally and physically relaxed.
If you’re interested in learning more about how acupuncture could be a beneficial treatment option for you, don’t hesitate to schedule a discovery call. We can discuss your personal situation and determine the potential benefits of acupuncture for your specific needs.
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.