Frequently asked questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, smaller than a cat whisker. Treatment is rarely painful but may produce a unique sensation that Chinese medicine calls "De Qi" described as a heavy, achy pressure.
Where do you place the needles?
Acupuncturists use a comprehensive system to diagnose and treat patients using Traditional East Asian Medicine. The use of local and/or distal needling which is not necessarily at the site of the pain or problem can be utilized. Most points used are in the arms, legs, head, and belly. Each acupuncture session is curated to the patient’s individual diagnosis and treatment plan needs, established by their medical team.
What to expect.
Plan on being in the office about an hour (15-20 minutes with the doctor acupuncturist and 25-30 minutes to rest with needles in place). You may also receive other hands on manual therapy, exercise therapy, diet and nutrition instruction, and post treatment care instruction. Usually, a series of treatments are necessary to resolve a condition. Conditions which are acute in nature can take anywhere from 6 – 10 treatments while more chronic cases can take around 4 – 6 months of treatment. Once restored back to health, regular maintenance treatments once or twice a month are recommended for everyone seeking a long healthy life. You can return to work and other daily activities post treatment.
Remember to eat a light meal/snack at least 30min to 1 hour after your session, stay away from caffeine and or other stimulants.