Advanced Medical Acupuncture
What is it?
Medical Acupuncture is a form of treatment which is increasingly being practiced by therapists, in their approach to helping manage pain and inflammation. It is believed that acupuncture can help relieve pain by stimulation the brain and nervous system to produce pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins.
What to expect during treatment
Prior to getting acupuncture, your acupuncturist will undergo a full consultation, including medical history & full medical disclosure. This will be followed by a postural, joint, muscle, tissue assessment.
During the acupuncture session, thin needles are placed in specific areas to address your concern or condition. The acupuncturist may gently twist the needles for added effect. The needles are often left in for 15 to 20 minutes, with the total session lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Your acupuncturist may use additional techniques during your session including:
- Moxibustion: This involves the use of heated sticks, made from dried herbs, held near the acupuncture needles to warm and stimulate the acupuncture points.
- Electroacupuncture: An electrical device is connected to several needles, providing a weak electrical current that stimulates the acupuncture needles during the treatment.
- Cupping: Glass or silicone cups are applied to the skin so that there is a suction effect, which aims to help stimulate blood flow and balance your energy.
After the treatment, some people may feel relaxed, while others may feel energetic. If you experience any unusual symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider.
- Treatment is undergone for conditions, such as:
- Arthritis, which describes conditions that involve joint inflammation
- Long-term pain
- Insomnia, a condition that involves sleep-related difficulties
- Migraines, which are intense headaches that often include other symptoms
- Sinus congestion, or nasal stuffiness
- Infertility, which describes difficulty getting pregnant
- Skin appearance