Acupuncture is an ancient treatment art that originated in China over 5000 years ago. Today’s professional acupuncture methods are grounded in science and used as treatments for a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles at specific points on the body, which may help stimulate the release of natural pain relieving chemicals. Acupuncture is an alternative treatment for pain associated with sciatica, headaches, low back pain, neck pain, muscle tension, and a host of other causes.
You should receive acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist. Acupuncture in a licensed setting is very safe. Only sterile needles are used. The needles are disposed of after each use. Typically, about 3 to 15 needles are used during a treatment.
The acupuncture needles are inserted into specific locations on the body. There are over 2000 acupuncture points on the body that link 12 main and 8 secondary pathways. The pathways are called meridians. The meridians are believed to conduct energy between the skin and internal organs.
You will be placed in a relaxed position for your acupuncture treatment. Your acupuncturist will disinfect your skin before inserting a needle. The needles will be inserted in the appropriate meridians.
You may feel a mild prick when the needle is inserted. The needles are very fine and do not need to be inserted deeply to be effective. The needles may be warmed, twirled, or stimulated to enhance the treatment benefits. Acupuncture needles are usually left in for about 20 to 40 minutes. Most people find acupuncture to be a painless and positive experience.