Acupuncture is an effective form of treatment that predates much of western medicine. In its classical form it, acupuncture a component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and it has been categorized as a complementary health approach. Here at Back & Body Wellness Centre, we’re proud to provide acupuncture as one of our non-invasive therapies.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture involves activating points throughout the body which are electrically sensitive. Thin needles are utilized to activate these points to stimulate sensory receptors. This activation transmits impulses to the brain, which, in turn, triggers the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins (which serve as powerful pain relievers). Like chiropractic treatments, acupuncture is non-invasive, and it unlocks the body’s natural self-healing abilities to mitigate maladies.
What Disorders Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can be an effective form of treatment for a variety of disorders. Acupuncture may be effective for pain management, asthma, drug abuse, alcoholism, smoking, stroke, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological and obstetric problems, sexual problems, headache, insomnia, losing weight, frozen shoulder, sciatica, cervical spondylosis, tennis elbow, pain management, menstruation problems, paralysis, and more.
How Often Should I Have Treatments?
Every person is unique. While acupuncture may be necessary for some patients several times per week, it may be valuable for other patients once a month. Treatment frequency can vary depending on the intent of the acupuncture, as well as a person’s body type. If you’re utilizing acupuncture as a preventative wellness treatment, you may only require a treatment every few weeks. On the other hand, if you need acupuncture to address frequent headaches, you may need treatments more frequently. Consult with your acupuncturist to establish a schedule that matches your needs.
How Long Should I Continue Treatments?
Since acupuncture is can serve as an effective form of preventative wellness therapy, patients can receive acupuncture treatments their whole lives. That said, acupuncture treatment may only be necessary for a few weeks or months, if a patient is treating a malady. Once again, you’ll have to consult with your acupuncturist to settle on your personal schedule for treatment.
Do Acupuncture Treatments Hurt?
While there may be slight discomfort caused by the needles utilized in acupuncture treatments, the treatments are intended to relieve pain, leaving patients with a feeling of relaxation and comfort. Acupuncture needles are actually thinner than needles utilized for injection, since they aren’t tubular.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of therapy available. Since acupuncture is minimally invasive, the risks that may otherwise come from surgery or medicine are minimized. Acupuncture empowers the body to heal itself, and unlike invasive treatments, it’s very unlikely to have adverse effects.
Should I Pair Acupuncture With Other Treatments?
Acupuncture can usually be paired with other forms of treatment, and often, it can be more effective to pair acupuncture with other forms of non-invasive treatment. However, acupuncture may not be suitable if you’ve recently undergone surgery or if you’ve recently endured an injury or illness.
Our Wellness Centre Serves Surrey, Burnaby, and Delta, BC
If you’re ready to try out acupuncture, join us at Back & Body Wellness Centre here in Surrey. We provide acupuncture treatments, as well as other forms of therapy, including physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, laser therapy, and more. If you still have questions, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! You can also learn more about our acupuncture services while you’re here!