How does acupuncture work?
While traditional and western explanations of acupuncture vary, each fundamentally deals with acclimating our body to our surroundings. After thousands of years of research, various points across the body have been located that have a significant impact on our bodies overall physiology. Typically, depending on the desired end result, fine needles are carefully positioned at these points to stimulate various aspects of our hormonal, immune, and endocrine systems. Once these systems have been stimulated, a number of neurotransmitters, natural pain killers, and hormones are released. Patients at Moe Bodyworks have described the following effects following acupuncture treatments:
A decrease in:
- Muscle spasms
- Severity of illnesses
- Back and neck pain
- Frequency of headaches
- Number of injuries during recreational sports
- Gynecological issues
As well as an improvement in digestion and sleep quality.
What should I expect during my acupuncture session?
An important point to note is that the needles used in acupuncture are very different from those used for vaccinations or blood draws. Most patients describe their acupuncture treatment as a calm and relaxing experience.
On your first visit, our acupuncturist will talk through your current health concerns to create an individualized treatment plan. After this, the treatment begins. Sterile needles are positioned, then patients typically rest for 30-45 minutes as the treatment takes its course. Depending on the individual, massage, moist heat, or cold packs may be combined with the acupuncture. The total visit typically lasts about an hour.
As with many conditions, results will vary depending on the severity of the problem. Many patients report feeling immediate relief, while others describe noticing changes up to two days following the therapy. Depending on the patient and the number of visits, relief may last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. It will be important to monitor this so you can time your appointments appropriately.
While side effects are minimal, some patients have reported minor bouts of nausea, bruising, muscle pain, or difficulty sleeping following their initial treatment. If this occurs, simply notify your acupuncturist prior to your next appointment.
Please schedule a consult to discuss whether acupuncture is right for you!