ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture  is a treatment technique that requires

the insertion of very thin needles through a person’s

skin at specific  points on the body to various depths.

Research  suggest  that  this  method  can  be used to

help relieve pain,  but is also used for a wide range of

other issues.

It  is  claimed  that  acupuncture  can  help  to  boost

well-being  and may even cure a variety of illnesses.

It  is  most  commonly used  for overall wellness and

stress management, but has been used to treat:

  • chemotherapy-induced/ postoperative nausea and vomiting

  • dental pain

  • headaches (tension and migraine)

  • labor pain

  • low back pain

  • neck pain

  • osteoarthritis

  • muscle cramps

  • respiratory disorders

This initial evaluation and treatment may take up to 60 minutes. Subsequent appointments may take less time. A common treatment plan for a single issue would normally involve one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. It’s generally common to receive six to eight treatments.

Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncture practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A gown, towel or sheet will be provided. You lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:

  • Needle insertion: The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth

  • Needle manipulation: Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.

  • Needle removal: In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.

The benefits of acupuncture are sometimes

difficult to measure, but many people find it

helpful  as  a  means  to  control  a  variety of

painful conditions.

Several studies, however, indicate that some

types  of   simulated  acupuncture  appear  to

work    just   as    well    as    real   acupuncture.

There’s    also    evidence    that   acupuncture

works  best  in people  who expect it to work.

Acupuncture  has  few side effects,  so it may

be   worth   a   try   if   you’re   having   trouble

controlling    pain    with    more-conventional

methods.

If  your  symptoms  don’t  begin   to   improve

within  a  few  weeks,   acupuncture  may  not

be right for you.

**Ask your primary care physician if acupuncture is safe for you
**Ask acupuncturist how likely it is that the treatment will fix your issue specifically

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 791583
San Antonio, TX 78279

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