Acupuncture is a type of Chinese medicine which has been practiced for centuries. It operates under the theory that energy, also called chi, flows through and around the body along pathways referred to as meridians. Acupuncturists believe that conditions develop when something is blocking the chi or there is an imbalance. Acupuncture unblocks or moves the chi in order to help it regain balance. Acupuncture utilizes very thin needles inserted into the skin of specific points on the body. Occasionally heat or pressure are employed along with the needles. Acupuncture can treat:
The acupuncture provider will perform an exam and inquire about pain and how well the person’s body is functioning. The doctor will also ask about general health. Then the doctor will identify the points on the body to access the chi which is blocked or not flowing correctly. Each of the points corresponds to certain health issues and body functions. The doctor will search for landmarks on the body, using specific muscles or bones, to locate the points where the needles will be placed. After they are located, the doctor will rapidly tap the needles into the skin. Several needles will most likely be used. Some can be placed deeper than others. This will depend on what the doctor believes is required to restore balance. Every procedure is a bit different however in most cases the session will lasts roughly 15 minutes to an hour. Patients may undergo several sessions to complete their treatment. Some people will go continuously.
Patients may feel slight pressure when a needle is inserted. Most individuals find that it does not hurt. The area can tingle, itch, feel numb, or be mildly sore. Providers believe that this is a indication that the chi has been accessed. After the needle is inserted, the doctor may roll the needle slightly back and forth or possibly use heat or electrical current.
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