What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical Acupuncture is a simple and effective treatment approach based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and pathophysiology. Insertion of solid metal needles and the use of electrical stimulation are the foundation of this approach. Medical Acupuncture is generally provided by chiropractors, physiotherapists and medical doctors who use it as a tool to complement their regular practices.
How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture stimulates your body's natural healing mechanisms, helping to restore physical and mental balance. Modern research has shown that acupuncture elicits a complex set of responses in the peripheral, central and autonomous nervous systems, including the release of chemicals and hormones involved in pain transmission as well as behavioral, muscle and visceral activity.
Is Acupuncture for you?
Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Neurologic and Muscular disorders: headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries (sprains / strains), sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain
- Digestive Disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis
- Menstrual and Reproductive problems: dismenorrhea, perimenopausal symptoms and infertility
- Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction
- Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections
- Stress and psycho-emotional problems
Is Acupuncture Safe?
In the hands of qualified practitioners, acupuncture is one of the safest therapeutic interventions used by healthcare with millions of treatments automatically free of side effects. Nowadays, the use of sterile, disposable needles has totally eliminated the risk of infection.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture does not cause any significant discomfort in the majority of patients. The needles are very fine and do not damage the tissues when inserted. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. For many people, acupuncture is a pleasant experience due to the sense of well being that usually continues treatment.
“Do's and Dont's” On The Day of Treatment
To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:
- Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
- Do not over-exercise. Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest.
- Continue to take any prescription medications as directed by your regular doctor.
- Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and your problem