How does Acupuncture Work?
Among the therapies available for pain, acupuncture is among the most effective and best at treating most types of pain without causing harmful side effects. In most cases, the pain will resolve and not return—unless there is new aggravation. The goal of acupuncture is to remove energy blockages and balance your energy flow, which helps to regulate your emotional, mental, and physical health.
Acupuncture stimulates specific points in your body using thin, solid metal needles to penetrate the skin. Acupuncture needles have a round edge, so they don’t cut the skin resulting in minimal discomfort.
After injuries, surgeries, or pregnancies, it can noticeably speed up recovery and healing. Paired with its regenerative function is its excellent ability to release muscular or fascial restrictions to restore range of motions and structural balance.
Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain, since it’s thought to boost the body’s natural painkillers. It’s now also used to promote overall wellness and to reduce stress.
Acupuncture can also be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to:
- stress in the body
- back pain
- shoulder pain
- anxiety and depression
- headaches and migraines
- Sore muscles
- high blood pressure
- insomnia or sleep issues
- menstrual cramps and PMS
- gut issues
- respiratory disorders
DO THE ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES HURT?
One misconception about acupuncture is that it hurts, and this is a reason that some people don’t want to try acupuncture. The treatment isn’t meant to hurt, though you may experience some dull aching sensations during your treatment based on how your body responds.
This can vary due to your level of pain tolerance and overall sensitivity. Sometimes your first acupuncture treatment will be more uncomfrotable than your following treatments. This could be because certain energy points on your body are being activated for the first time. Your symptoms may worsen slightly before they get better.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE FEEL LIKE?
While the experience will be different for everyone, acupuncture usually doesn’t cause pain.
You often won’t feel the needles being inserted, because they are thin and gently inserted. Once a needle reaches its intended depth, you’re likely to feel a mild, dull ache or a slight tingling sensation. This may be a sign that the treatment is working and the acupuncture point is being activated. You may also feel a heavy or electric sensation. Feelings of warmth may arise at the acupuncture points.
Acupuncture treatments may be integrated with herbal medicine, lifestyle modifications, and dietary guidelines to make it more holistic and effective. Any condition can benefit from this multi-directional approach and participation depends on your specific needs.
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