Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have used for over 3,000 years. This treatment helps your body heal itself and reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation. When you call Advanced Back and Neck Care in Chandler, Arizona — or book an appointment online — you usually can start your acupuncture therapy within a few days. Most patients report feeling less pain right after their first acupuncture session.
During your acupuncture session, your practitioner gently inserts very fine needles into specific anatomic sites or acupuncture points. Depending on your pain level and specific needs, they may also apply pressure, electrical stimulation, or heat to the targeted points.
Once everything is in place, the needles stimulate your body’s self-healing process by improving blood and energy flow. You should expect to zone out and completely relax during your acupuncture session.
Generally, yes. It’s likely that you start feeling better during or shortly after your first acupuncture session. But healing and pain relief doesn’t happen overnight. To further help your body learn to recover and heal itself, plan on scheduling a weekly acupuncture session. Your acupuncturist informs you as to the number and frequency of your acupuncture treatments.
For acute injuries generally, 8-10 sessions are recommended. If you have a chronic condition, you might need one or two acupuncture sessions weekly for several months. Even if you completely recover after a few months, you may still want to come in for occasional acupuncture visits, so you can continue feeling your best.
Not at all. While the thought of inserting multiple needles all over your body can seem overwhelming, the needles are so fine, you won’t feel them. Once in awhile a needle goes into an area where you have a nerve. You might feel a small pinch in this case, but only for a split second. The entire process is generally relaxing and soothing, not painful.
Acupuncture helps with just about any type of chronic ailment or acute condition. Practitioners use acupuncture to heal patients who have:
It’s likely that you start noticing the benefits of acupuncture within a few days. Most acupuncture patients experience relief during each session. Over the next few days following your acupuncture visit, as energy flow is restored, you should start feeling better. Your pain should begin going away, while your energy levels often increase.