What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture works by stimulating your body’s natural energy flow, this flow nourishing the body and allows it to function smoothly and efficiently. Any disruption or blockage of the flow of energy could result in an unbalance in the body (ie. decrease function or pain). Acupuncture aims to correct this flow of energy, and thereby restore function and balance within the body.
COMMON USES FOR ACUPUNCTURE
Mental-Emotional: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Insomnia
Respiratory System: Acute Bronchitis, Asthma, Sinusitis, Common Cold, Allergies
Gastro-intestinal Disorders: Acid Reflux, Gastritis, Ulcer (pain relief), Constipation, Diarrhea
Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Headache and migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ), Peripheral neuropathies, Bedwetting, “Frozen shoulder”, “Tennis elbow”, Sciatica, Low-back pain, Osteoarthritis
Gynecological Issues: Infertility, Sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile dysfunction), Breech position in pregnancy, Induction of labour
Cancer Treatments: Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE FEEL LIKE?
Once the needles are inserted into the acupuncture point, it is common to experience a sensation of warmth, tingling or tightness in the area. Other sensations include numbness, a mild electrical sensation that lasts for a few seconds, soreness, pulsation like waves. These are all good sensations, and everyone can experience this differently. However, if for some reason you feel a sharp, and/or uncomfortable pain, it is important to communicate with the practitioner right away so they can remove the needle and decide on the next step. Next steps could include, moving the needle location over just slightly or using a completely different point to help get the same desired results.
Common physical reactions to an acupuncture treatment are feeling of light-headedness, slight disorientation and/or euphoria after the treatment. Therefore, it is very important to get up slowly from the treatment.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Side effects are rare, however, the occasional patient may experience slight bruising at the point of needle insertion. If a patient is extremely nervous about using needles, is exhausted or fatigued or is experiencing low blood sugar from not eating for a long time before the treatment, they might be more prone to faintness, chilliness and perhaps slight nausea. We recommend talking about any of these situations with your practitioner before the treatment, to ensure to minimize these risks.