So you have been wondering how to restore your QI, or how to restore your life balance and live healthily? Well, you will definitely need to try acupuncture. Acupuncture is a 3000-year-old practice that was invented by the Chinese. In 1997, the U.S National Institutes of health documented and publicized acupuncture as a safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions medically. Today acupuncture as you know it is covered by many insurance policies and is mostly used to relieve pain.\
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture generally improves the body’s function and helps to promote the natural self-healing process by ensuring that it stimulates the specific anatomic sites that are usually referred to as the acupuncture points. You probably know the most common method that is used by chiropractors or acupuncture practitioners to stimulate the acupoints is by the insertion of a fine sterile needle into the skin.
Heat, pressure or electrical stimulation may further be used to enhance the effects of acupuncture. However there are other methods that can be used for acupoint stimulations such as, manual massages, moxibustion, or heat therapy, application of topical herbal medicines and cupping.
So what happens during an acupuncture treatment?
At first just like any physician would do, the chiropractor or acupuncturist will ask you for your medical history. The chiropractor might examine your tongue shape, color, feel your pulse or even do further examination depending on your health needs.
Using unique assessment tools the chiropractor will be able to recommend a preferable medical treatment option that will be suitable for your situation. Before you get to begin the treatment, you will need to lie comfortably on the treatment table while the precise acupoints are stimulated in the various areas of the body.
It’s normal to feel some discomfort. However, most people feel minimal or no discomfort at all as the fine needles are placed. These needles will usually be retained for a period of five to 30 minutes. It’s reported that during this sessions people feel very relaxed.
How many sessions will I need before I am fully recovered?
The frequency and number of these sessions will vary from one person to the next. Some people are known to experience dramatic relief after the first treatment, but for complex or long-standing chronic conditions, you may need to have one or two sessions per week for several months.
For cases of acute conditions, very few visits are required, that range from eight to ten in total. In case you need to know the number of visits that you will need for your condition, then your chiropractor will advise you during your initial visit.
So what conditions are commonly treated by acupuncture?
There are hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture that show that it successfully treats conditions that ranging from musculoskeletal problems to nausea, migraine headache, depression, anxiety, and infertility. However, to be able to determine if your condition is suitable for acupuncture, it is advisable that you first seek medical advice, and from the initial assessment, your chiropractor will be able to determine, if your condition is suitable for this kind of treatment.
Therefore, in case you need acupuncture, our chiropractors Dr. Mehran Shei and Dr. Parvin Alemi are here to help you and refer you to our clinic experienced Acupuncture doctor. Contact us and learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for auto accident injuries.