Table Of Contents
- What is Acupuncture
- How Does Acupuncture Work to Relieve Pain?
- What Happens During An Acupuncture Treatment?
- Is Acupuncture Painful?
- How Do I Choose The Right Acupuncturist?
- Is Acupuncture Covered by Insurance?
The central nervous system is thought to be stimulated by acupuncture points. As a result, chemicals are released into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes can promote physical and emotional well-being by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities.
Acupuncture is primarily used to alleviate pain caused by several diseases and conditions, including:
- Hypertension, essential
- Allergic rhinitis (such as hay fever)
- Neck pain
- Morning sickness
- Low back pain
- Dysmenorrhoea, primary
- Epigastralgia, acute (in acute and chronic gastritis, gastrospasm, and peptic ulcer)
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Biliary colic
- Hypotension, primary
- Induction of labour
- Knee pain
- Tennis elbow
- Malposition of fetus, correction
- Facial pain (such as craniomandibular disorders)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Depression (like depressive neurosis and post-stroke depression)
- Pain in dentistry (like temporomandibular dysfunction and dental pain)
- Postoperative pain
- Renal colic
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Dysentery, acute bacillary
The research is mixed, according to Harvard University, with some reports indicating that acupuncture relieves pain and others indicating that it is no better than “sham” acupuncture (procedures designed to mimic acupuncture but to have no real effect, much like a placebo, or “sugar pill,” used in medication studies). One of the difficulties in interpreting these findings is that the majority of acupuncture studies have been limited. The nature of “sham” acupuncture techniques has also varied, making any comparison difficult. It’s also possible that some people react to acupuncture and others do not.
Your acupuncturist will start by asking about your medical history. Then, depending on your specific health needs, he or she may examine the shape, colour, and coating of your tongue, as well as feel your pulse and probably perform some additional physical examinations. The acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to remedy your specific condition using these unique evaluation methods. To begin your acupuncture treatment, you will lie comfortably on a treatment table while specific acupoints on different parts of your body are stimulated. As the fine needles are gently inserted, most people experience no or minimal pain. The needles are generally held for five to thirty minutes. People say they feel very comfortable during and after treatments.
Does Acupuncture Hurt? Acupuncture needles are very small, and most people experience little or minimal discomfort when they are inserted. After the treatment, they often report feeling energized or comfortable. The needles, on the other hand, can cause temporary discomfort.
By hand-selecting the best practitioners from the city to join our team at the Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic, we’ve made it easy for you to find the right acupuncturist. The licensing of acupuncturists is regulated at the state level. Our acupuncturists are all accredited and have years of clinical experience. A visit to the most convenient spot — 99 Kakulu Dr, Suite 106 Kanata, Ontario — is the perfect way to find out if acupuncture is right for you.
Many, but not all, health insurance policies cover acupuncture.